The Governing Body provides strategic leadership and accountability for the school. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.

In action, this means:

  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher, including making decisions about pay
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school

The Governing Body buys into the local authority clerking and Governor support services in order to ensure governors are well-supported in their work.


The school’s governing body as defined by its Instrument of Governance (4th May 2017), consists of 12 governors:
  • 3 parent governors
  • 1 LA governor
  • 1 staff governor
  • The head teacher
  • 3 foundation governor
  • 3 co-opted governors
The Full Governing Body meets at least once a term.
There are two committees which meet regularly:
  • The Quality of Education and Personal Development, and
  • Estates, Staffing and Finance
These committees meet at least once every term.
Other committees, such as appeals and disciplinary, meet as required
There are three headteacher performance management governors who work with an external consultant to performance manage the work of the head teacher.
In addition, individual named governors are responsible for overseeing the following key areas:
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Special Needs, Disability, Looked after children, Gifted and Talented children
  • School, parish church and diocesan links
  • Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged Pupils
  • Schools forum, Governing Training and Development
  • Behaviour and Attitudes
These governors report to the full governing body and/or the relevant committee.

Governors are elected for a term of four years. If you would be interested in becoming a governor, please ask any of the governors or the headteacher for more information.

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