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Our Local Governing Body (LGB) is a committees of the full board of trustees of Symphony Learning Trust and is not its own legal entity. The level of delegation to LGBs is kept under review by the board and may be varied through schemes of delegation, policies and procedures and amendments to the terms of reference.
The LGB meets at least 6 times during the academic year (twice per term). All governors are expected to have the time to attend these meetings.
The purpose of our LGB is to provide advice to the trustees and to assist the decision making of the trust board by enabling more detailed scrutiny and consideration to be matters at an academy level.
The remit of the LGB is to make decisions, comments or recommendations on such matters relating to the academy within the schemes of financial and general delegation and in relevant policies and procedures.
Membership - at any one time, the LGB at Newcroft will consist of...
The LGB may invite others to join and speak at any part of their meetings in a non-voting capacity. Any such attendees do not count towards a quorum.
Terms of Office
With the exception of ex-officio and any co-opted governors, terms of office are for four years.
Terms of Reference
Please find our current Terms of Reference here
Disqualification from Office
LGB governors may be disqualified from office in accordance with the provision within article 80 of the articles of association
The quorum, the minimum number of governors required at an LGB meeting and for any vote, shall be three local governors or one third of the total number of local governors in post at that time – whichever is the greater.
Election of Chair and Vice Chair
At the first meeting of the LGB in an academic year the LGB will appoint a chair and vice chair. The chair and vice chair must be local governors who are not employed by the trust.
Power for the Chair of the LGB to act in exceptional circumstances.
1. In addition to any provision within the Articles, approved policies and procedures, in circumstances where where paragraph (2) applies the chair may exercise any function of the LGB which can be delegated to an individual.
2. The circumstances are that the chair is of the opinion that a delay in exercising the function would be likely to be seriously detrimental to the interests of:
3. In paragraph (2), “delay” means delay until the earliest date on which it would be reasonably practicable for a meeting of the LGB, or of a committee to which the function in question has been delegated, to be held or for a decision to be made in writing or via e mail
4. Where it appears to the vice-chair that:
Wherever practicable the power for the chair or vice chair to act in exceptional circumstances should be exercised in consultation with the vice chair or another local governor
Exercise of this function shall be communicated as soon as is reasonable practicable to all local governors and recorded with the minutes of the next meeting of the LGB or relevant committee.
The Clerk to the LGB should be independent of the management of staff within the academy and will be appointed by the LGB either as an employee of the trust in accordance with the pay and conditions of the trust or via a contract for externally provided services. The Clerk will be line managed or the external contract overseen by the Chair of Governors and/or other appointed governors. Where the Clerk fails to attend a meeting of theirs, the LGB appoint any one of their number or any other person to act as Clerk for the purposes of that meeting.
Confidentiality & Conflict of Interests
The LGB may need to meet in confidential mode where the subject for consideration is the pay or performance review of any person employed to work at the academy. In such cases any relevant person employed to work at the academy other than the headteacher in law should withdraw unless specifically invited to stay by the LGB to contribute to the consideration of the matter. 3
Pecuniary, Business or Conflicts of Interest
Local governors recognise the need to declare any interests in accordance with the Articles of Association, relevant regulations and the Governors Code of Conduct.
In the 2020-21 academic year, none of our governors have governance roles in any other educational institutions.
There are no material interests to report, arising from relationships between governors and school staff.
The LGB will aim to make decisions by consensus. Where voting is necessary, a majority of votes cast will determine the outcome of any vote. In the event of a tied vote, the chair of the meeting has a deciding second vote or the right of veto.
Any person will be able to participate in meetings of the LGB and any committees by telephone or video conference if agreed by the chair provided that governor participation is for the whole agenda item discussion and not just the vote; and if after all reasonable efforts it does not prove possible for the person to participate by telephone or video conference the meeting will still proceed with its business provided it is quorate.
Delegation of Powers
Subject to any restrictions within the articles of association, schemes delegation and policies and procedures the LGB may delegate functions to an individual, a committee or working group. Any such delegation shall be recorded in minutes or otherwise made in writing and may be revoked or altered. Where any power or function of the LGB has been delegated to a person, committee or group, that person, committee or group shall report to the LGB in respect of any action taken or decision made with respect to the exercise of that power or function at the meeting of the LGB immediately following the taking of the action or the making of the decision
Here are some important governor documents
Governors' Code of Conduct - sets down the rules by which all governors abide in order to fulfil their role effectively
Governor declaration - legal requirements of being a governor with Newcroft
Declaration of Interests form - all governors must complete this at least annually