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Meet the Governors


Chair of Governors - Gordon Reynolds  [Co-opted Governor]

Vice-chair   Amy Longdon  [Co-opted Governor]

 Marcus Wood  [Co-opted Governor]

Rev John Hudgton [Co-opted Governor]

Caroline Rofer  [Co-opted Governor]

Edith Longden   [LA Governor]

Richard Crossland   [Parent Governor]

Matthew Scorer [Parent Governor]

Carol Somerville   [Staff Governor]

Paul Bertram   [Headteacher]



Welcome to the School Governor Handbook Introduction.  If you were to become a School Governor the full handbook would be available to you on CD, or emailed.  Paper copies on request!

Please ask for clarification or further information if you need it.

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In case you were wondering – here’s a quick list of the division of responsibility between the co-Headteachers and the Governing Board.

Division of responsibilities



Governing board

Overall responsibilities

Runs the school on a daily basis

Advises governors

Is the main influence on the governing body’s decisions

Determines the aims, ethos and priorities of the school

Acts as critical friend – asking supportive and challenging questions

Delegates the power to run the school to the co-Headteachers

Planning and policy making

Writes and formulates the school improvement plan (SIP)

Drafts the detailed action plans

Involved in planning discussions and decisions through its committees

Agrees the final SIP

Ratifies whole-school policies


Supplies information and advice and produces the curriculum plan

Determines and implements an appropriate curriculum for the school

Advises the governing body on the disapplication of the National Curriculum for any pupils

Determines curricular policy and agrees the curriculum

Establishes a sex and relationship education (SRE) policy and makes sure copies are available for parents. (In practice this can be delegated to the co-Headteachers)

Considers any disapplication for pupils

Teaching and learning

Responsible for the standards of teaching – evaluates the standards of teaching and learning and ensures that proper standards of professional performance are established and maintained

Writes the special educational needs (SEN) information report

Monitors the standards of teaching

Approves the SEN information report

Pupil behaviour

Writes the behaviour policy

Has the power to exclude a pupil

Notifies the governing body of any exclusions

Provides clear advice and guidance to the co-Headteachers on which they can base the behaviour policy

Approves the written statement of behaviour principles

Considers parents’ representations about an exclusion through a pupil discipline committee

Can advise that the co-Headteachers reinstates a pupil


Draws up the initial staffing plan based on the school's needs

Approves the number of staff at the school and the level of the posts

Approves the proportion of the overall budget to be spent on staff


Manages the appointment process – for example, drawing up job descriptions, organising a day in school and producing a timetable for candidates

Has formal responsibility for managing appointments, but the mechanics of recruitment are normally delegated to the co-Headteachers

Should work within the agreed criteria

Appoints the headteacher(s)


Produces the budget headings

Manages the school’s spending

Reports on the impact of specialist funding, such as the pupil premium or sports grant

Responsible for approving and monitoring the budget

Monitors the school’s financial management

Has formal responsibility for making sure pupil premium information is published online. (In practice this is often delegated to the co-Headteachers)


Interprets the regulations for the governors

Makes performance-related pay recommendations following teacher appraisals

Approves teachers’ salaries, including recommendations from the senior leadership team on whether to award performance-related pay in line with the school’s pay policy

Determines salary levels for all members of staff

Ratifies the statutory pay policy


Day-to-day management of staff – for example, deploying, managing and leading all teaching and non-teaching staff and allocating particular duties to them

Carries out appraisal of staff

Deals with disciplinary/grievance issues at the panel stage

Approves the discipline, conduct and grievance procedures

Carries out co-Headteachers’ appraisal

Ratifies the appraisal policy

Ensures staff receive a regular appraisal of their performance


Day-to-day management of the school, including who can enter the premises

Complies with health and safety law

Decides whether to close the school when there are health and safety risks

Approve a lettings policy (if applicable)

Ensures emergency procedures are in place

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