The role of the Governors at Jerry Clay Academy


Mrs Swinburne, the headteacher of the school is responsible for day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Body at Jerry Clay Academy is to provide strategic management, and to act as a “critical friend”, supporting the work of Mrs Swinburne and other staff. Governors also have a role in monitoring the school’s progress and in setting annual targets for the school’s performance and for the headteacher. At Jerry Clay Academy we use a committee structure to enable our Governors to undertake monitoring and evaluation roles. Membership and terms of reference of committees are determined annually. We have two committees, these are Finance & Resources, which covers the finance of the school,  resourcing including staffing, admissions and health and safety. We have a Standards and Curriculum commitee which covers pupil progress, curriculum developments, teaching and learning and standards. Our governing body all take on specific roles to ensure that we have coverage across the School Development Plan. This ensures that we have robust monitoring, accountability and challenge in place throughout all areas of our school.


The governing body has three main roles:



The Governing Body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop and improve.  This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, setting targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.  Strategic thinking is not always linked with the curriculum and it does not mean just responding to weakness.


Critical Friend

The Governing Body works with the Headteacher and creates a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the school. The governing body is able to question and challenge. A good working relationship is essential as a real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.



The school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The Governing Body has a professional attitude and uses its collective skills to benefit the learners. It gathers views, ask questions and decides what is best for the school and the children. The governing body is answerable to the parents and the wider community.


Contacting the governors

The governors may be contacted via the school office. We warmly welcome your comments and your involvement with the governing body.



We hope that you will be very happy with your child’s education. If, however, you have cause for complaint please contact the class teacher in the first instance. If you still have concerns these should be brought to the attention of the Headteacher and subsequently the Chair of Governors.

Development Plan Priorities 2017-18


In response to the analysis of performance data 2016-17, internal and external monitoring and evaluation; as well as consultation with staff, pupils and parents, the following have been identified for whole school development.

Priority 1:

 Attainment and Progress –Develop & accelerate attainment so that a higher proportion of children are working at greater depth in Reading, Writing & Maths by the end of the academic year


Priority Governors- S Nicol & J Dexter

Pupil Premium – L Bland

Priority 2: Curriculum- Embed the newly revised curriculum so that it connects to real life, is relevant and taught to a high standard across all subjects. Ensure Reading, Writing & Maths is pivotal across the whole curriculum.

Priority Governors – Jane Bennett

Child Protection – S Nicol

SEN & LAC – J Aldred

Priority 3: Leadership and Management –Develop leaders at all levels so that all staff are challenging & supporting practice across the whole school and in other schools.


Priority Governors – A Carter

Priority 4: Assessment- Improve assessment collection & analysis to ensure that it always impacts directly on children’s individual learning journeys.


Priority Governor – H Taylor-Lyte

Priority 5: Partnership working- Develop JCA as an effective National Support School, ensuring that we are challenging, supporting and developing other schools in need of help.


Priority Governors –Louise Bland & Joan

Training Governor – S Green

Health & Safety Governor – J Bennett