Children, Families, Learning & Leisure Cabinet Member – Minutes – 2 July 2018

2 (2) LOCAL AUTHORITY SCHOOL GOVERNORS – The Director: Learning, Skills and Culture submitted a report seeking consideration of the appointment of suitable candidates to serve as local authority (LA) governors to schools.

Governing bodies were the key strategic decision making body for schools.  It was the governing body’s role to set a school’s strategic framework and to ensure that all statutory duties were met.  The Department for Education identified three main duties which were:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money was well spent.

When a LA governor vacancy occurred, the relevant governing body identified the necessary skills, knowledge and experience that would be required of the successful candidates.  The LA nominated suitable candidates to the school and the governing body decided whether the nominee met their requirements.  The governing body may choose to reject or appoint the candidate accordingly.

Resolved – That the following applicants be recommended for appointment as Local Authority Governors to the board of governors of the schools listed below:

School Applicant
Burton upon Stather Primary School Mr Gary Hall
Sir John Nelthorpe School Ms Penny Smith
The Westcliffe and Priory Lane Federation Mr Ian Berridge

3 (3) POST 16 STUDENT TRANSPORT POLICIES – The Director: Learning, Skills and Culture submitted a report seeking approval of the council’s Post 16 Student Transport Policies.

There were two Post 16 Transport Policies, one for students who had special or medical needs requiring extra support to get to their post 16 courses.  The other as for students who needed additional support and could use public transport.  The policies were reviewed and published every year.

During the academic year 2017/18 transport support was being provided for 106 students with special or medical needs and for 978 other students.

The council had a statutory duty to assist with the attendance of people of 6th form age at education or training, but students could be expected to pay all or part of the cost of transport.

The current policy provided a transport pass for students who lived more than three miles from their institution to travel between home and their college or sixth form during term time.

Resolved – That the Post 16 Transport Policies, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, be approved.

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