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Willington Primary School – The Governing Body


The School Governors:

The School Governors have the responsibility to ‘manage’ the school. As well as whole Governing Body meetings

Governors are also on committees for Health and Safety, Staffing, Curriculum and Pupil Provision and Finance.

The Headteacher, whilst not a Governor, attends all meetings. Education Reform Act – Section 23 If you have any worries regarding the school or curriculum we would hope that informal discussion between the Headteacher and staff and parent would resolve them at an early opportunity.

Should the matter not be resolved to mutual satisfaction, then you may wish to make a formal written complaint to the Governing Body. If this incident should occur (we hope this is unlikely) then copies of the formal procedure are held in school and are available for you to look at and use if you need to.


Full Governor details and responsibilities, including any Business/Financial Interests, Whether they are a Member of another Governing Body and their Attendance over last academic year (2014-15) are available for view Here. Link

This shows:

- Name.
-Type of governor.
- Named role.
-Term of office.
- Business/Financial interests.
- Membership of other governing bodies.
- Attendance over last academic year (2015-16 - 6 Meetings)


Governors Code of Conduct:

The following is not a definitive statement of responsibilities but is concerned with the common understanding of broad principles by which the Governing Body and individual governors will operate.

The Governing Body accepts the following principles and procedures:


1. We have responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the broad policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates.

2. We recognise that our Headteacher is responsible for the implementation of policy and day-to-day management of the school and the implementation and operation of the curriculum.

3. We accept that all governors have equal status, and although appointed by different groups (i.e., parents, staff, LEA) our overriding concern will be the welfare of the school as a whole.

4. We have no legal authority to act individually, except when the Governing Body has given us delegated authority to do so.

5. We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all the legal expectations as, or on behalf of, the employer.

6. We will encourage open government and should be seen to be doing so, following the statutory guidance for the Publication of Governor’s Details and the Register of Interests.

7. We will consider carefully, how our decisions may affect other schools.


8. We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.

9. We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the Governing Body, attend regularly, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.

10. We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.

11. We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development.


12. We will strive to work as a team.

13. We will seek to develop effective working relationships with our Head, staff, parents, the LEA, and other relevant agencies (including the Diocesan Authorities ((where appropriate)), and the community.


14. We will observe confidentiality regarding proceedings of the Governing Body in meetings and from our visits to school as governors.

15. We will observe complete confidentiality when required or asked to do so by the Governing Body, especially regarding matters concerning individual staff or students.

16. We will exercise the greatest prudence if a discussion of a potentially contentious issue affecting the school arises outside the Governing Body;


17. We will encourage the open expression of views at meetings, but accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the Governing Body or its delegated agents.

18. We will only speak or act on behalf of the Governing Body when we have been specifically authorised to do so.

19. In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the Governing Body.

20. Our visits to school will be undertaken within the framework established by the Governing Body, in agreement with the Head and staff.

21. In discharging our duties we will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school.


22. If the need arise to use the sanction of suspending a governor, we will do so by following the Procedures Regulations so as to ensure a fair and objective process.


23. We recognise that removing a governor from office is a last resort, and that it is the appointing bodies which have the power to remove those they appoint.

24. If the need arises to use the sanction of removing a governor, we will do so by following the Constitution Regulations so as to ensure a fair and objective process.


Governing Body Code of Conduct Policy