The role of the school’s Governing Body is to provide a strategic steer and to support and challenge the school by:
Governors meet once per term as a full body. Most of their work is done through committees which also meet termly. There are four standing committees and their responsibilities are outlined below (these are not exhaustive lists);
All members of the Governing Body serve on at least one of these latter three committees.
Other committees dealing with pupil and staff disciplinary matters, complaints and grievances, appeals and staff pay meet as necessary.
There are also nominated governors in areas such as Special Educational Needs, Looked After Children, Health and Safety, Child Protection and Educational Visits who report back to the governing body at their meetings.
Governors are elected from the parent body, elected from the school staff and are appointed by the school’s Foundation Trustees or the Local Authority. Some governors are co-opted onto the governing body when their expertise or experience is deemed to be beneficial. The term of office for all governors is 4 years.
The governing body has recently been reconstituted and its current composition is:
The Foundation Governors of Ormskirk School, also known as the Foundation Trustees, were instituted in 1612 to provide education for young people in the town. Initially the Foundation (a registered charity with the Charity Commission) related to Ormskirk Grammar School and when that school closed and merged with Cross Hall High School in 2001 the Foundation transferred to become the Foundation Trustees of Ormskirk School.
The Foundation Trustees are appointed from several bodies. West Lancashire Borough Council and several Parish Councils appoint members as do the local justices, the Peter Lathom Charity and Edge Hill University. The link with the initial trust is maintained by having the Earl of Stanley, Lord Derby as an ex-officio Foundation Trustee along with the vicar of Ormskirk Parish Church.
The Foundation Body has the function of providing the local children with the best possible education. It was in that clear knowledge that the Body took the brave and far-sighted decision in 2000 to reconstitute itself and to promote the fine new school that is now built and occupied on the former Cross Hall High School site.
The Foundation Body meets once per term and has two highly important jobs:
The Foundation also donates the highly prized annual Foundation Governor awards for the students at the school who distinguish themselves each year, overcoming adversity and supporting others.
The Foundation Trustees celebrated their 400th anniversary on September 28th 2012. The occasion was marked by numerous events such as a gala dinner, a Founders’ Day concert with fireworks and a church service. The events allowed the Trustees to re-emphasise their relevance to the pupils, staff and parents at the school today.
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