South Malling Governing Body

All schools in the UK have a governing body whose job is to:
• Set strategic direction for the school
• Act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school and the head teacher
• Ensure that the school is accountable

The South Malling Governing Body is made up of 13 people who represent all the key groups involved with the school – parents and carers, school staff, the Local Authority, the Church, and the local community. The Headteacher is also a member of the governing body.  Governors who are not school staff are not paid for their work, but carry it out on a voluntary basis.  Parent governors are elected by parents and carers, while other types of governor are appointed by the Governing Body on the basis of their expertise or interest.  All governors have a 4 year term of office, but can be re-appointed at the end of this period.  The Governing Body can also appoint additional Associate Governors, usually for an initial period of 1 year. 

 The Governing Body has a paid Clerk whose job is to circulate agendas, take minutes, and advise the Governing Body on its statutory responsibilities.

 Our governing body meets 6 times a year, and also has subcommittees which focus on learning, finance, the school buildings and environment, and the wellbeing of staff and pupils.

 The Governing Body also appoints and manages the performance of the Headteacher, and acts as an independent body which can deal with complaints about the school. 

 If you would like to know more or would like to get in touch with the South Malling Governing Body, please email the Chair of Governors – governors@southmalling.e-sussex.sch.uk