Terms of Reference - Duties and Authorities


Incorporating personnel, finance, premises (including health and safety) and pay review.

The finance committee has a general role in advising the Headteacher on matters relating to the finances of the school and is required to abide by the requirements and guidelines of the Local Authority and the DfE.

Members: At least 3 governors (not including Headteacher)

Quorum: 3 governors (not including Headteacher)

Chair: To be appointed by governing body

Clerk: To be appointed by governing body

Frequency: 3 meetings per academic year

Terms of reference:

  • To provide support and guidance to the Headteacher and the governing body in all matters relating to personnel, budgeting and finance, school premises and grounds, security and health and safety.
  • Monitor and evaluate the staff development programme in relation to curriculum and professional development needs as identified through performance management procedures and within the context of the School Development Plan;
  • Oversee the appointment procedure for all staff, having regard to the requirements within Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education;
  • Keep under review staff work/life balance, working conditions and well-being, including the monitoring of absence;
  • Determine the staffing structure in consultation with the Headteacher, in relation to the School Development Plan and curriculum requirements and, in light of available resources;
  • To consider and make decisions about matters relating to dismissal of staff, including dismissal arising from redundancy or dismissal/termination of employment arising from ill health or incapacity;
  • In consultation with the Headteacher, draft the first formal 3 year budget plan of the financial year and present to the full governing body for approval within required Local Authority timescales;
  • Receive and review a budget position statement at least termly and to report significant anomalies from the anticipated position to the governing body with recommendations for corrective/remedial action;
  • Monitor and ensure the school is achieving ‘best value’ in respect of the use of the delegated budget allocation and ensure a best value statement is adopted by the governing body;
  • In line with Finance Regulations authorise orders for the provision of works, goods and services between the values of £12,001 to £20,000.
  • Monitor the impact of service level agreements and recommend any changes to the governing body/planning group as appropriate;
  • Establish, approve, monitor and review, within agreed policy review processes, policies relating to:
    • charging policy;
    • accessibility plan;
    • financial procedures

  • Give due consideration for meeting best practice requirements as set out in the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) and ensure compliance;
  • Ensure that the school operates within the latest Financial Regulations of the Local Authority;
  • Ensure the school co-operates with the audit team and any post audit actions are completed;
  • Benchmark the school financial performance against similar schools and report to the governing body;
  • Authorise virement decisions at least termly within the limits approved by the school financial procedures and Local Authority financial regulations;
  • Monitor expenditure of all voluntary funds kept on behalf of the governing body and report on these at least annually to the governing body (including ensuring there is an annual audit of the school fund and other funds held by the school, undertaken by persons independent of operating the accounts);
  • Ensure, as far as is practical, that Health and Safety issues are appropriately prioritised;
  • Monitor the school’s compliance with Health and Safety regulations;
  • Determine the availability of funds for pay increments;
  • Undertake decisions on recommended annual salary reviews for all staff with the exception of the Headteacher;
  • Determine whether sufficient funds are available for pay increments as recommended by the Headteacher Performance Review Panel;
  • Make decisions regarding honorarium, recruitment and retention awards.

Disqualification – none - however when the pay and conditions of a school employee are being discussed all school employees should be asked to withdraw (excepting the Headteacher/Clerk unless it is his/her conditions being discussed).

Committee Membership

Member Role
Mr P Abram Co-opted  
Cllr Anthony Burns (TBC) Local Authority
Ms J.A. Devine Co-opted
Mr P. Hughes Co-opted (Vice chair)
Mr D.G. Marsh Co-opted
Mr N. Rouch Co-opted (Chair)
Mrs A. Scott Co-opted
Mr C. Sheeran Executive Headteacher
Mrs N. Winstanley Parent

Clerk: Miss D. Harrison (School Business Manager)


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