Governance at Woodfield
As part of Empower Multi-academy Trust, Woodfield Infant School has a very effective governance structure. The board of Trustees is responsible for the three core functions of governance of the school:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Governance Structures and Lines of Accountability
The board of trustees appoint the chief executive (CEO), to whom it delegates responsibility for delivery of its vision and strategy, and will hold the CEO to account for the conduct and performance of the trust, including the performance of the academies within the trust, and for its financial management.
In turn, the CEO line manages other senior executives and the academies’ headteachers, setting their targets and performance managing them.
The board constitutes committees for finance and standards; these look in detail at resources and progress and attainment across the trust. At least three trustees must sit on each of these board committees.
The board delegates some of its school level monitoring and scrutinising functions to Local Governing Bodies (LGBs), and uses these committees to promote stakeholder engagement and as a point of consultation and representation. Trustees do not need to sit on LGBs, and so lines of communication to the board of trustees are clearly established, with chairs of LGBs meeting on a termly basis with the CEO and trustees.
Our Local Governing Body Team
The Local Governing Body of Woodfield Infant School represents interested parties such as parents, staff, the wider community and the Empower MAT Board of Trustees. We meet regularly, usually twice each term. The governors are volunteers with various careers and life experiences who bring with them different ideas and perspectives. Although every governor is different they all have one common aim at heart, to provide a high quality education for the children of the school.
The governing body consists of 11 governors who are either appointed or elected. The governing body consists of ten volunteers, each serving for a four year term:
Board appointed (3 - appointed by the Empower Trust Board of Trustees)
Co-opted governors (4 - nominated by the LGB as members who have the necessary skills and expertise to will add to their work)
Parent governors (2 - elected by parents at the school)
Staff governor (1 - elected by staff at the school)
In addition, the headteacher works alongside the LGB to enable them to carry out their role and attends all meetings.
The Governing Body believes that all children deserve the best start to their educational life and we are constantly working with the headteacher to find new ways to improve the education the school provides.
If you would like to find out more about the work of the local governing body, or are interested in becoming a member of the LGB, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Chair of Local Governing Body
For more information about the governance of Empower Mulit-academy Trust, including information about the structure and remit of members and the board of trustees, please click here: