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What do Governors do?

All state funded primary, secondary and special schools are accountable to their boards of Governors/Trustees and they are accountable to parents, the community and for maintained schools the Local Authority (LA) or for academies to the Academy Trust and the RSC (Regional School Commissioner).

The Governing Board is a corporate entity and is the school's accountable body with responsibility for the conduct of the school and promoting high standards of educational acheivement.  They have three core functions and six key features of effective governance. 

The Governors are responsible for fulfilling the three core functions:
  • Ensuring clarity of 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
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The key features of effective governance as set out in the Governance Handbook are:
  1. Strategic Leadership - that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy
  2. Accountability - that drives up educational standards and financial performance
  3. People - with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity
  4. Structures - that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  5. Compliance - with statutory and contractual requirements
  6. Evaluation - to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance

Foundation Governors

As a Catholic School, we have Foundation Governors on the Board.  Foundation Governors are personally appointed by the Bishop to represent his interests and those of the Catholic community as a whole.  As well as sharing the responsibility of the three core functions, Foundation Governors are appointed specifically to ensure:

  • that the religious character of the school is preserved
  • that the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed
  • that the religious education curriculum is in accordance with the Bishop's policy for the Diocese.  

If you would like to find out further information on the role of a Foundation Governor please visit the Clifton Diocese website: