Governance, Admissions and Appeals

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Governance 

All governing bodies, whether of maintained schools or academies, have three core functions. 

These are:

  • to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • to hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils as well as for the performance management of staff; 
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent.

It is the responsibility of all governors to carry out these functions. 

Church schools have foundation governors as well as parent, staff and other categories of governor.

  • In a voluntary aided school (VA), the foundation governors must have a majority of two over all other categories of governor. 
  • In a voluntary controlled School (VC), at least two and up to 25% members of the governing body will be foundation governors.
  • In academies, the church foundation will also be represented at all levels of governance.

Applying to be a Governor

If you’re interested in becoming a Governor start by finding out whether your school has any vacancies. If you’d like to become a foundation governor start by checking with the school or the church PCC. Please email info.ed [at] leeds.anglican.org if you would like an application form or more information.

 

Appointing Effective Foundation Governors. 

Appointing Effective Governors in Academies

Admissions and Appeals

This section is designed to assist schools and academies who are their own admissions authority. It will also provide information for other interested parties including parents, churches and the wider public

 

Admissions Guidance

 

Schools' admissions policies are not decided at a national level. They are set at a local level so that they can take into account the specific needs of their communities. See the table below for who is responsible for admissions (the admissions authority) in each case. 

 

Who are the Admissions Authorities for Schools?

Type of School 

Who is the admission authority? 

Who deals with complaints about arrangements? 

Who is responsible for arranging / providing for an appeal against refusal of a place at a school? 

Academies 

Academy Trust

Schools 

Adjudicator 

Academy Trust

Voluntary aided schools 

Governing body 

Schools 

Adjudicator 

Governing body 

Foundation 

Schools 

Governing body 

Schools 

Adjudicator 

Governing body 

Voluntary 

controlled schools 

Local Authority 

Schools 

Adjudicator 

Local Authority 

Community 

Schools 

Local Authority 

Schools 

Adjudicator 

Local Authority 

 

Governing boards need to plan well ahead for admissions, once the process has begun it takes 18 months before the changes will come into effect, i.e. changes for 2021-22 admissions will need to be completed by 28 February 2020.

  • Governors should review thier admission arangements annually in the summer term or early autumn. 

  • If changes are proposed to the policy or no consultation has taken place over the previous six years a public consultation must take place. 

  • The public consultation must last for six consecutive weeks between 1 October and 31 January

  • Governors should determine (agree and ratify) their policy by 28 February and a copy must be sent to the diocese and the Local Authority by 15 March.

  • Please remember admissions policies and the timeline for appeals must be posted on the school website each year.

Admission authorities must ensure that they are conversant and compliant with the School Admissions Code 2014 and must have regard to the Admissions: Guidance for Governors document produced by the diocese. 

We have a comprehensive range of training and support. Many of our training courses are suitable for governors. Every school also has a named adviser who is able to offer guidance and support if your school subscribed to the Enhanced Service Plan.

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