School Governance by a Local Governing Board (LGB)
The responsible authority of GVP is the board of trustees of The Cam Academy Trust. Responsibilities are delegated to the Local Governing Board in line with the Trust Scheme of Delegation.
There are three types of governor: Trust appointed, staff elected and parent elected, each for four-year terms. Additionally, the Trust and LGB can appoint individuals as 'Associate Members' who may have specialist skills or knowledge for a minimum term of one year, up to the maximum of four. They are not governors, and cannot vote, but they can attend governor meetings and can chair committees set up for a specific purpose. The Trust appoint the Chair and Vice Chair. The LGB must have a good balance of experience and the skills required to monitor and support a school's performance and to make evidence-based strategic decisions, while also supporting other schools within the Trust as required.
The Governing Body normally holds two full meetings per term. Each sub-committee also holds two meetings per term. The governors also have a number of other committees, including, for performance management, salaries and salary appeals. The role of the Governing Body is broad. They approve Trust targets for academic achievement, performance targets for the Headteacher, approve the school budget, appoint staff, approve school policies and many other roles.
The LGB both challenges and supports the Headteacher to facilitate pupil progress and to ensure the ethos and values of the school continue to align with those of the Trust.
The governors sign an annual register disclosing any pecuniary interests they may have. Each meeting agenda requires all attendees to disclose any pecuniary interests related to agenda items to be discussed.
The currently disclosed pecuniary interests of non-Trust governors are summarised as follows:
The full register is available to view on request at the school office.
Further information on the Board of Trustees and the way the Trust is governed is available on the Trust website www.catrust.co.uk