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What Governors Do

What Governors do

The Governing Body is responsible for overseeing the work of the school as well as the future development and direction of school improvement. Governors’ work closely with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team and act as a 'critical friend'.

The remit of the Governing Body is to :

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is spent well


The Governing Body meets as a full group at least once each term. Much of the work is carried out in two sub-committees that then report to the full Governing Body. In addition the Chair and Vice Chair attend regular meetings of the Senior Leadership Team and a number of governors attend meetings of the Middle Management Team


Sub Committees

  • Teaching and Learning - responsible for:

    • Overseeing curriculum developments and working with subject leaders
    • Standards – including data analysis and the attainment of children and targets
    • Pastoral - supporting the well-being of our pupils.
  • Finance Staffing and Premises - responsible for:

    • Finance; maintaining an overview of the school budget and setting a new budget annually
    • Premises; school buildings maintenance and developments and health and safety
    • Staffing - personnel issues and (in some cases) the appointment of staff