The Governing Body
The primary function of the governors in any school is to decide the school’s main policies and to hold the school to account for their implementation. The policies are operated by the Principal, who is in charge of the day to day running of the school and is answerable to the governors.
Burntwood became a grant maintained school in January 1992 and a Foundation school in September 1999. In July 2013 Burntwood converted to an Academy.
As an Academy, Burntwood is independent of the local authority. Funding comes directly from the Government and the Governors are free to make decisions about the employment of staff, premises and the curriculum and all aspects of the school’s activities. The governors are the Admissions Authority for the school but work within the statutory framework for admissions and as part of the Pan London arrangements for secondary school admissions.
The governing body comprises 20 people of whom 7 are elected as Parent governors. Additional governors can be co-opted as members when a need is identified.
Governors are invited to visit the school at regular intervals and to attend functions and events. They meet in Committees and as a full Governing Body on 5 or 6 occasions each year.