The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

* Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
* Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
* Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Governors or trustees set the aims and objectives for the school or group of schools and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. In action, this means:

* Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
* Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
* Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
* Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
* Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
* Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school

Governors and trustees must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 

All of the governors are link governors which means they have a particular responsibility for an area of the curriculum and meet regularly with the subject leader.  The governors are supportive of pupils with special educational needs and have appointed a link governor to monitor this very important work. 

All governors receive regular reports on pupils’ progress, both from the school’s own assessments and national tests. Parents will receive regular information about each pupil’s progress.



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