How is the Governing Body Structured?

ODBST (Oxford Diocese Bucks Schools Trust) is governed by a Board of Trustees, who is responsible for overseeing the management and administration of ODBST and all the academies run by it - including Woodside Junior School. The Trustees are accountable to external government agencies including the Charity Commission and the Department for Education for the quality of education they provide. They are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, safety and good practice.  In order to discharge these responsibilities the Trustees appoint people who are locally based to serve on a local governing body which has been established to ensure the good governance of the school.

The strategic functions of the governing body are ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction: holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of the staff: overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body at Woodside is made up of 11 members: the Head Teacher, 3 elected parents governors, 6 skills governors and 1 additional staff governor. With the exception of the Head Teacher governors all hold office for a period of four years. There is also an Interim Chair of the Governing Body in place. 

On conversion to an academy within the ODBST on 1st December 2019 all governors’ terms of office came to an end. All  governors were reappointed as members of the Local Governing Body at that time and it was agreed that the expiry date of the original term of office would be observed to facilitate orderly succession planning.

The full governing body meets twice a term. In addition we set up working groups as and when we need them to consider particular issues or subjects. Working groups may be short-lived or long-standing. Individual governors also have linkage roles for particular subjects or cross-curricular areas such as SEND provision, inclusion and diversity, use of the pupil premium and aspects of financial management.

The governing body is legally required to act as a corporate body and to take its decisions collectively. Under current rules we have to try to achieve a balance of skills and abilities overall, though it is broadly true to say that no special expertise is needed in order to become a governor. It is more important to be interested and enthusiastic, and to have the interests and success of Woodside School at heart. 

Governors play a valuable and important role in the support of our school. They meet regularly together and work closely with the Head Teacher and the school staff. The responsibility for the actions and decisions of the governing body lies with the whole governing body not with individual members. All governors are required to undertake regular training provided to enable them to exercise their duties effectively. This is a vital part of being a governor enabling us to keep up to date with changes across all areas of education provision.