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SGB

Strategic Governing Body

Gonville Academy is very lucky to have a dedicated Governing Body, and governors visit the school on a regular basis to monitor the impact of the academy’s work and suggest improvements. The Local Governing Body meets regularly to discuss the strategic development of the academy, and has representatives from the academy’s parent body, staff, local community and local authority.

STEP Governance

The name STEP, an acronym, reflects the aspirational nature of the organisation – Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership. Inspired by the commitment to improve children’s life chances, STEP Academies work together to provide high quality learning experiences for all their pupils.

STEP Governors

“STEP First” is the notion that, first and foremost, everyone is committed to being part of The STEP Academy Trust. All governors must be fully aligned to the Trust’s Mission and Vision. Although serving one or more particular Academies, governors are members of the wider STEP team. We are all one team, in one organisation, working towards the same goal: to be outstanding in all we do – STEP First!

STEP Governance Structure

Recent changes introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) allow academy trusts to establish a local governing body that is responsible for two or more academies.

COMPOSITION OF THE STRATEGIC GOVERNING BODIES (SGB)

The new Strategic Governing Bodies will have a maximum of 12 Governors as follows:

  • Parent x2 (elected, ideally one from each Academy)
  • Staff x2 (Headteachers)
  • Staff x2 (elected, ideally one from each Academy)
  • Board of Trustees Representative x1
  • STEP Governors x5
  • Temporary Co-Opted Governors (according to need)

It is the belief of the Board of Trustees that this new governance structure, underpinned by sound principles, will make best use of our strengths, will address our challenges and will provide the framework for each of our Academies to become Outstanding at the next opportunity.

The role of the Governing Body  – SEND

  • The Governing Body has responsibility to pupils with special educational needs and / or a disability (SEND).
  • The Governing Body’s responsibilities to pupils with SEND include:
  • Ensuring that provision of a high standard is made for pupils with SEND;
  • Ensuring that a ‘responsible person’ is identified to inform about the Statement of all those involved with teaching and supporting statemented pupils;
  • Ensuring that pupils with SEND are fully involved in Academy’s activities;
  • Having regard to the SEN Code of Practice when carrying out these responsibilities;
  • Being fully involved in developing, monitoring  and subsequently reviewing SEND policy;
  • Reporting annually to parents on the Academy’s SEND Policy including the allocation of resources from the Academy’s devolved/delegated budget;
  • Ensure the SENDCO is a qualified teacher and have gained or are undertaking the NASENCO qualification.