Governing Body

The remit of the Governing Body includes the following core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and for the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

In exercising their functions the Governing body agrees to:

  • Act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school
  • Be open about the decisions they make, actions taken and be prepared to explain their decisions and actions to interested parties.
  • The governing body will appoint a clerk with a view to ensuring their efficient functioning and must have regard to advice from the clerk as to the nature of the governing body’s functions.

The Head Teacher’s responsibilities include:

  • The internal organisation, management and control of the school
  • The educational performance of the school
  • The head teacher is accountable to the governing body for the performance of all his or her responsibilities
  • The head teacher must comply with any reasonable direction of the governing body.

Steve Cooper - Chair of Governors - LA Governor

I have been involved in school governance for over twenty years and have always had a passion to ensure pupils get the best education available and best suited to their individual needs.

I am retired but worked for BT for 38 years rising to the dizzy heights of manager of a staff of 30 people.

Apart from schools and education, my passions include assisting at Rotherham’s Chapel on the bridge, which is a grade 1 listed building in the centre of Rotherham, enabling the public to enjoy this very historic building. I also love foreign travel especially by train and try to go at least once a year.

For my sins I support Sheffield Wednesday but someone has to.

I can be contacted via post at: c/o Chair of Governing Body, Newman School, East Bawtry Road, S60 3LX.

Will Harrison - Chair of Finance Committee

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