Governors Vote To Slim Down School Governing Body

The Five Islands School

The Five Islands School

Governors at the Five Islands School voted in favour of reconstituting the governing body at their meeting on Tuesday night.

Chair of Governors Ben Julian says this is likely to result in a reduction in the number of governors appointed by stakeholder bodies, such as the Local Authority, parents, staff, and the diocese. More will be elected based on their skills.

The governing body will be slimmed down from the current 17 to around 11 or 13 members.

It’s likely to be composed of the Head Teacher, one elected staff governor, two elected parent governors, one Local Authority governor, two foundation governors and the rest co-opted to make up to the total.

The new body needs to be approved by the Diocese and Ben says they have indicated that this can’t take place until September.

When slimming down the board, Government rules state that some current governors will automatically be able to fill the new roles although it will be done on a first in, last out basis.

As the proposals state only one local authority governor will be on the new board, there was a potential for current chair Ben Julian to lose his seat.

However, Ben says Nick Lishman, another LA governor who was appointed before him has decided to quit. That leaves only two LA govenors left – Ben and Amy Langdon – and as Ben has been a governor for the longest, he would likely take the seat after reconstitution.

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