The Governing Body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

A key element of the role is to act as a critical friend to the school, ensuring accountability..

As you become more experienced as a governor, there are other roles you could volunteer for which would increase your degree of involvement and level of responsibility. This could be as part of a working party, a chair or vice chair.

Time Commitment: Under usual circumstances, you should expect to spend the equivalent of between 10 and 20 days a year on your governing responsibilities; the top end of this commitment, which equates to about a half a day a week in term time, is mostly relevant to the chair and other key roles. Initially we would expect your commitment to be nearer 10 days a year. This would be in the form of reading time, up to two one and a half hour meetings per term in normal circumstances, visits to the school as part of the monitoring role during the daytime (perhaps once per term for 2 hours), writing up a short commentary on findings from monitoring and governor training. However, there may be times when the time commitment could increase, such as when recruiting a Head. Some longstanding governors may tell you that they spend far more time than this on school business, and this happens as people become more interested in the school and their pride in doing a good job.

In line with our safer recruitment policy and procedures, all successful applicants will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check arranged by the school. References will also be required. For more information please email –

The Governing Body meeting dates for 2022-23 are as follows – Mondays at 6pm – 26th Sept, 17th Oct, 12th Dec, 6th Feb, 24th April, 10th July

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