The Governing Body at the Emmaus Federation is made up of 7 Governors, with all Governors representing both schools (Swineshead and Sutterton). All school Governors (with the exception of the Executive Head Teacher) are volunteers. Some governors represent the Local Authority, some represent the community, some are parents of children at the school and are elected by other parents and, as both of the schools in our federation are supported by the church, they also have representatives (called Foundation Governors). We also have two staff Governors (one elected from each school), the Heads of Schools are co-opted to Full Governors meetings as and when appropriate, and the Executive Head teacher is ex-officio, which means that it is part of their contract to attend ALL Governor meetings.
Our Governors are split into two main sub-committees, the Finance and Staffing Committee and the Standards Committee. We meet as a full Governing Body once each term (six times per year), and each of the main sub-committees meet every two terms (three times per year). The Finance Committee meets four times per year (more if necessary) and a newly formed Standards Committee meets six times per year. The main roles of each sub-committee are outlined below:
The main responsibilities of the Full Governing Body include: Setting the aims and objectives for the federation, setting policies for achieving those aims and objectives, setting targets by which progress towards the aims and objectives can be measured, reviewing and monitoring progress in achieving the aims, objectives and targets. All sub-committees report back to the full governors.
The main responsibilities of the resources committee include: Staffing, Health and Safety, Premises, Supplies and Services and to oversee the preparation of the school budget and ensure that the expenditure stays within agreed limits.
The main responsibilities of the learners' committee include: School Improvement, The Curriculum, Pupil and Staff Well-Being, Every Child Matters and Extended Provision.