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The Role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body needs to take a strategic role, act as a critical friend to the School and be accountable for its decisions. It should set aims and objectives and agree, monitor and review policies, targets and priorities.


Terms of reference:


  • To agree constitutional matters, including procedures where the Governing Body has discretion.
  • To recruit new members as vacancies arise and to appoint new governors where appropriate.
  • To hold at least three Governing Body meetings a year.
  • To appoint or remove the Chair and Vice Chair.
  • To appoint or remove a Clerk to the Governing Body.
  • To establish the committees of the Governing Body and their terms of reference.
  • To appoint or remove a Clerk to each committee
  • To suspend a Governor
  • To decide which functions of the Governing Body will be delegated to committees, - groups and individuals.
  • To receive reports from any individual or committee to whom a decision has been delegated and to consider whether any further action by the Governing Body is - necessary.
  • To approve the first formal budget plan of the financial year.
  • To keep the Health and Safety Policy and its practice under review and to make revisions where appropriate.
  • To review the delegation arrangements annually.
  • Any items which individual governing bodies may wish to include.
  • The governing body should consist of 1 headteacher, 1 staff governor, 1 local  authority governor,  7 parent governors, and 7 co-opted governors as from 15th June 2015.