Governance, Leadership & Management

Welcome to the Governance Section
Governors make a difference

There can be few more rewarding ways of serving the community and making a difference to the lives of young people than by being a school or academy governor. It is a dynamic and challenging ministry that helps to transform young lives and provides exciting opportunities for putting professional skills and experience to work in a voluntary context where they are much needed and valued.  Being a governor can also be personally enriching, offering training and opportunities to broaden professional horizons and acquire new skills and experience.

Our church schools and academies only thrive and achieve the best for the young people in their care if they have effective governing bodies, made up of people with the necessary skills, time, commitment and vision for Christian education who will provide the strategic leadership that makes for success. 

The Role of Governing Bodies

All governing bodies, whether of maintained schools or academies, have three core functions. 

These are:
to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
to hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils as well as for the performance management of staff;
to oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent.

It is the responsibility of all governors to carry out these functions. 

Governing bodies of Church of England schools and academies, and foundation governors in particular, have a special responsibility for ensuring that the Christian character of the school is secured and developed and that the school is run in accordance with its trust deed and the ethos statement which appears on its Instrument of Government. 

In a Voluntary Aided school or an academy, the governing body is also the employer of the school staff and has additional responsibilities for land and buildings and pupil admissions. 

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