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Our Governing Body - Message from the Chair of Governors

Welcome to the West SILC website which describes the wonderful practice in our school for children and young people aged 2-19 with learning difficulties and disabilities.

All the staff at the school, led by our dynamic Headteacher, Michelle Wilman, firmly believe that each pupil is able to achieve regardless of their special educational need, and our vision is very simple –‘ work in partnership to make a difference.’

West SILC makes provision for children and young people on five sites across the west of Leeds and we are very proud of the fact that we are a large, diverse and inclusive organisation.

We have a multi-talented staff team who work in partnership with a range of therapists and the staff of our partner schools to provide a relevant, contemporary and individualised curriculum for each pupil thus ensure that they all make outstanding progress.

The Governing Body works alongside the Headteacher and her staff, supporting and challenging, in a constant search for improvement and development of the whole school. I have been Chair of the Governing Body since 2010 and I am very ably supported by a talented group of Governors who all work closely together at a strategic level as the critical friend of the school.

The task of the Governing Body is to govern the school by providing strategic leadership, holding the Headteacher to account and making sure the school’s money is well spent. We do this by meeting at least six times a year and also by delegating specific tasks to individual or groups of Governors who then report back to the Governing Body. A strategic leadership group also meet regularly. You will find the agenda’s and minutes of meetings on the Governors section of the website where you will also find personal profiles detailing the skills and experience of the current Governing Body.

If you would like to know more about the role of Governors or would like to discuss any aspect of West SILC, please do not hesitate to contact me via the School Office on 0113 3862450 or by email on governors@westsilc.org marked for the attention of the Chair of Governors.

Governing Body Skillset

It is important that the governing body, as a group, has the capacity to lead, monitor, evaluate, challenge, understand data, make financial judgements and decisions, communicate, appoint senior staff etc.  To ensure that all these skills are represented on the governing body, it is important to recruit people who have these skills, or to ensure that existing governors access appropriate training. 

Members of our governing body have the skills needed to make an active and useful contribution and in the current climate of rigorous inspection and high demands on governing bodies, they work incredibly hard together to provide the very best environment for all our stakeholders.

To meet our Governors and read what skills they bring to our school, please see "Meet our Governors" page.

Governing Body - Register of Interests & Attendance Record 2016-17

Please see attached our Governing Body Register of Interests.  If you have any queries or require further information, please contact Alison Kirby, SLT Project Manager on 0113 3862452.

 

Governing Body Meeting Dates 2017-18

Please find details of all governing body meeting dates for the academic year 2017-18 below.  

The Governing Body Purpose

Strong governance is essential for good schools.  Governing bodies hold important strategic responsibilities for the development and improvement of the school.  A key role of governing bodies is to support and challenge headteachers in order to ensure pupils receive the best possible education. Governors are not expected to be routinely involved in the day to day activity of the school, but they do visit and their purposes are understood by school staff.

The Governing Body Committees

The Full Governing Body meet 3 times per year (i.e. once per term).  In addition to these meetings, we have a number of sub-committees taking place throughout the school year:

  • Strategic Committee - This committee is responsible for the longer term strategy for the school, its vision and what is needed to meet its goals and objectives.
  • Pupil Support & Achievement Comittee -  This committee is responsible for teaching and learning matters including target setting, standards and achievement, monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision.
  • Resources Committee -  this committee is responsible for staffing, equality and diversity, finance, property management, health and safety and nutritional standards.
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