schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing
many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a
‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to
represent the school community.
Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the
local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day
to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as
staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school
functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social
September 2014 the governing body elected to reconstitute, in keeping with statutory guidance
from the Department for Education. We took this decision as it allowed us to change
the numbers and types of governors we have and to appoint more people on the
basis of the skills they could bring.
governing body now consists of:
The head teacher
elected staff governor
appointed local authority governor
elected foundation governors
term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair
are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.
of governors is Mr Graham Andrews, who can be contacted via the school office
the work of the governing body is done by committees. At St Thomas CE Primary
School, we have the following committees:
(Chair – Mr Graham Andrews)
This committee deals with all policies and procedures related to staff within
and Premises (Chair - Mrs Victoria Wilson)
Included in the remit of this committee is Health and Safety. This committee scrutinises the way the school
gives the best value for
Welfare, Inclusion and Progress (Chair – Mr Chirs Booth)
This committee holds the school to account over the way it provides the relevant
education for all the children in the school.
· Admisions (Chair – Mr Graham Andrews)
This committee mainly updates and applies the Admissions Policy annually to the new intake for the Reception class.
chairs of the committees are elected at the first committee meeting of each academic year.
Below is the make up of the Governing Body and their attendance information for all their meetings.