Swithland St Leonard's CofE Primary School

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The Role of the Governing Body
The governing body is responsible for the conduct of the school and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school. Governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

a) ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
b) holding the headteacher and other senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff and
c) overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

In order to do this, all the governors meet at least once a term; committees of Governors also meet in between these times to focus on specific aspects of governance including health and safety, finance. Governors are also invited to join in with staff meetings when certain curriculum matters are being discussed.

The governing body is one of strategic direction and it is not involved in the day to day management of the school. The headteacher role includes the educational performance of the school and operational responsibility lies with them.


We recently commissioned an external review of governance as an external validation of the strength of our work, the following is an extract of the report:


'Governors are highly committed and enthusiastic about their roles. Their monitoring and evaluation of the strategic plan with a particular focus on the intent, implementation and impact of the curriculum is exemplary practice as it is well structured and allows the board to fully triangulate the evidence provided to it via the headteacher's reports - and to independently verify progress against strategic priorities.'


External Review of Governance December 2019
Please see the document below for further information about the structure and personnel who make up the Governing Body of Swithland School.

Governor Details Autumn 2023