The Governing Body works closely with the Senior Leadership Team to oversee the strategic direction of the school. It does this by offering support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, and help where needed. It challenges, asks questions and seeks information to ensure that the best interests of the children at Elm Court School are met. All governors work on a voluntary basis.

We are happy to publish details of the Lansdowne and Turney Federation Governing Body Constitution and Membership. This is available to view as a pdf file over here.

The Role and Operation of the Governing Body

The Governing Body has 3 main areas of responsibility:

Help establish the strategic direction of the school, by:

  • Developing the vision, values, and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the school development strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the Headteacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance managing the Headteacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Setting the budget, including numbers of staff and their pay
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the school are managed

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.

The Governing Board (GB) meets twice a term to discuss issues, review progress and make decisions. The minutes (including attendance) of all meetings of the GB are available upon request.

Declaration of Business Interests: Governors are required to declare if they have any relevant personal and financial interests.  Currently all Governors have declared that they have no interests or relationships between themselves and members of school staff.  These signed documents are kept securely at school and the Register of Business Interests is updated at each full Governing Body meeting.

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Governing Body Details

There are currently two vacancies

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Name Category of Governor Appointed by Position Voting rights (inc any convened committees) Register of Business Interests
Michael Jenner Parent Governing Body: 01.10.14 Chair Yes None declared
Rajagopalan Swaminaathan Parent (Deputy Chair) Governing Body: 12.12.18 Parent Governor Yes None declared
Joanna Tarrant Headteacher 01.09.14 Ex officio Yes None declared
Vacant Co-opted Governing Body Co-opted Governor Yes Vacant
Vacant Co-opted Governing Body Co-opted Governor Yes Vacant
Lydia Gibson Co-opted Local Authority: 01.10.18 Co-opted Governor Yes None declared
Steven Olaman Staff Governing Body: 01.10.14 Staff Governor Yes None declared
Alya Kaja-Herrera Co-opted Governing Body 29.01.2020 Co-opted Governor Yes None declared