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 Role of the Governors

Click below to find out the details of the Academy's Governing Body.


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Our school governors work conscientiously alongside the staff to ensure that the school continues to improve, becoming the best it can be. 
In order for you to gain a better understanding of the role of a governor, read the following information. Further details can be obtained from the link to the GovernorNet website.


School governors are drawn from different parts of the community, such as parents, the Staff, the Local Education Authority, the Community and other groups.  This helps to ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience to fulfil its duties effectively.

The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement including setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school's finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff, reviewing staff performance and pay and many more.

The governing body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair.  The governing body may delegate certain of its responsibilities to certain governors or committees of governors, although in general, it is not compelled to do so. 

The main Governing Body of Fosse Way Academy meets regularly throughout year.

The Governing Body delegates responsibility for overseeing the financial aspects of the Academy's running to the Finance Committee which also meets regularly, the Chair of this committee feeding back to the main Governing Body.

The Governing Body uses digital technologies to review and amend policies rather than meeting face to face. These policies are then ratified during the meetings. 

Other Governors with specific responsibilities fulfil their obligations on an ad-hoc basis. For example, the Special Needs Governor will work with our SENDCO as part of her role, as well as spending time in school alongside the children in order to gain a greater understanding of the issues. Similarly, the premises lead works with the School Business Manager and Site Manager in order to plan ahead and address issues that arise, and the Safeguarding Lead works with the staff and Headteacher in order to audit, review and improve the Safeguarding procedures in school. When necessary, our Attendance Governors work together in order to respond to applications for authorised absence.



Our Governors for 2016 - 2017 are:

Bruce Large, Mrs Joanna Manning (Vice Chair of Governors), Mr Bob Matson, Mr Tony Freitas, Mr Leon Smith, Mr Ben Thompson, Mr Andrew Coupland (Deputy Headteacher - Staff Governor), Mr Robert Cowling (Headteacher - Ex-officio Governor), Mrs Helen Pennington (Chair of Governors)

Appointments to Committees and Responsibilities

Finance/Staffing Committee - Bob Matson, Bruce Large, Helen Pennington, Leon Smith, Rob Cowling, Andy Coupland and Matt O’Halloran (School Business Manager
Buildings/Premises Committee - Leon Smith and Ben Thompson.
Policy and Curricular Committee (via email and online collaboration) - This way of evaluating and amending the policies creates a full paper trail of information, engagement, comments and conversation about the policies.
Health and Safety Governors - Bob Matson and Leon Smith.
Special Needs Governor - Joanna Manning.
Pupil Premium Link Governor - Bruce Large.
Standards Governor - Standards are a full Governing Body commitment.
Safeguarding Governor - Ben Thompson.
Attendance Link Governor - Tony Freitas and Leon Smith.


During the Academic Year 2015 to 2016, the Full Governing Body met 6 times, and the attendance was as follows:

Trustees Meetings Attended Out of Possible
Mr B Large 5 6
Mr R Cowling 6 6
Mrs J Manning 6 6
Mrs V Bishop 3 4
Mr L Smith 3 6
Mr A Coupland 6 6
Mr R Matson 5 6
Mr A Freitas 2 6
Mrs S Everett 5 6
Mrs H Pennington 6 6
Mr B Thompson 2 2


During the Academic Year 2015 to 2016, the Finance Committee met 5 times, and the attendance was as follows:

Trustees Meetings Attended Out of Possible
Mr B Large 4 5
Mr R Cowling 5 5
Mr A Coupland 5 5
Mr R Matson 5 5
Mrs S Everett 5 5


Pecuniary Interests

During the AGM at the start of each Academic Year, the members of the Governing Body have to declare any Material or Pecuniary Interests they might have relating to themselves or a member of their family and Fosse Way Academy. These declarations are reviewed before the start of each subsequent meeting and audited by our chartered Accountants, Rawlinsons.

For the Academic Year 2015 to 2016, the declarations were as follows:

Trustees Pecuniary Interest
Mr B Large Declared that his daughter worked for a firm bidding for potential work in the Academy. The firm were not used to complete any work.
Mr R Cowling No Declared Interest
Mrs J Manning No Declared Interest
Mrs V Bishop No Declared Interest
Mr L Smith No Declared Interest
Mr A Coupland No Declared Interest
Mr R Matson No Declared Interest
Mrs S Everett No Declared Interest
Mr A Freitas No Declared Interest
Mrs H Pennington No Declared Interest
Mr B Thompson Declared that his Father in Law is used by the Academy for Educational Welfare Officer services. This service contract pre-existed Mr Thompson's  role as Governor and is not considered a breach of pecuniary interest.