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Our Local Governing Body (LGB) is a committee 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.
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.
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.
At any one time, the LGB at Newcroft will consist of:
Two parents elected or appointed in accordance with the articles of association
Either the Executive headteacher or headteacher in an ex-officio role. Where there is a head of school in addition to an executive headteacher role, the ex-officio role must be filled by the ‘headteacher in law’ with the other party able to attend LGB meetings in a non-voting capacity - At Newcroft, Mrs Aukland is the ex-officio governor is her role as Head teacher.
A minimum of one staff governor elected by staff of the academy in addition to the ex-offcio headteacher role
Up to seven other local governors appointed by the local governing body - this can include other parents
Up to 4 other co-opted governors appointed by the local governing body with or without voting rights on a period of office for up to 4 years to provide additional skills and capacity as needed.
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.
With the exception of ex-officio and any co-opted governors, terms of office are for four years.
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.
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:
The trust or school(s) within the trust
any pupil(s) at a school in the trust, or their parent; or
a person who works at a school within the trust
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:
the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (2) apply, and
the chair (whether by reason of vacancy in the office or otherwise) would be unable to exercise the function in question before the detriment referred to in that paragraph is suffered, the reference in paragraph (1) to the chair is to be read as if it were a reference to the vice-chair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diane Lane, Business Director
Newcroft Primary Academy