Governing Body and Sub-Committee – structure and responsibilities.


Governing Body and Committee Terms of Reference

All governors attend the meetings of the main governing body, which meets termly. The business of the whole school is discussed at full meetings and reports from sub-committees and the head teacher are received at the full meetings.

  • The Governing Body takes a strategic role, acts as a critical friend to the school and is accountable for its decisions.
  • It  sets aims and objectives and reviews, agrees and monitors policies, targets and priorities.
  • Governing Body meetings can be open to the public with Minutes available except for Part II business.
  • In the event of a tied vote the Chair or Acting Chair/Vice Chair will have a second or casting vote.

For full terms of reference of the Main Governing body, please click on the link below:-



Premises, Health and Safety Sub-Committee

The main functions of this committee are:-

  • To review regularly the condition of the school buildings and prepare an appropriate annual maintenance plan to ensure they are kept in good order, having full regard to the ‘Property Condition Survey’/Asset Management Plan/advice of the LEA.
  • To liaise with the Head teacher to ensure that efficient, effective and safe programmes are in operation. 
  • To ensure that all Governors and Staff have access to health and safety policies, codes of practice, risk assessments and other health and safety procedures issued by the County Council/LEA specifically:
    • Schools Health and Safety
    • Risk Management
    • School Visits Policy Document
    • Asbestos Log
    • Regulations for the Use of Vehicles

    and that that the documents contained in them are consulted on and acted upon.

  • To ensure that:
    1. the school complies with health and safety legislation and County Council Health and Safety Policies
    2. monitoring occurs of the implementation of the agreed Health and Safety Policy

For full terms of reference of the Premises, Health  & Safety committee, please click on the link below:-

health and safety

Finance  and Staffing Sub-Committee

The Finance & Staffing Sub-Committee is: Tor Sowden (chair), Karen Ellson (vice), Paul Hindle, Paula Montgomery-Gibson (Bursar) 

The main functions of this committee are:-


  • To prepare the annual financial plan for ratification by the full Governing Body.  
  • To have authority to alter budget between headings during the financial year as need arises, providing this does not result 
  • To recommend to the full Governing Body the level of financial authority to be delegated to the Head teacher  
  • To have authority to agree the use of any sums held in contingency / reserve. 
  • To determine in each school year the sum of monies available for expenditure on salaries. 


  • To draft and keep under review the staffing structure in consultation with the Head teacher.
  • To establish a Salary Policy for all categories of staff and to be responsible for its administration and review;
  • To oversee the appointment procedure for all staff;
  • To establish and review a Performance Development policy for all staff;
  • To oversee the process leading to staff reductions;
  • To keep under review staff work/home balance, working conditions and well-being, including the monitoring of absence;
  • To make recommendations on personnel related expenditure to the Finance Committee;
  • To consider any appeal against a decision on pay grading or pay awards.

For full terms of reference of the Finance   & Staffing committee, please click on the link below:-

finance TOR


Curriculum  and Standards Sub-Committee


The main functions of this committee are:-


  • To consider school policy on any matters relating to the school curriculum: to recommend new policy and any amendments to existing policies to the Governing Body.
  • To receive reports from the Head teacher or appropriate member of staff on any matters relating to the organisation and content of the school curriculum.
  • To ensure that the curriculum policies meet the needs of all pupils and that where necessary equipment and resources are modified for pupils’ needs.
  • To consider any local or national reports affecting the curriculum, identifying any implications for school policy and practice.
  • To review the information about school performance required to be published.
  • To make recommendations to the Finance Committee on resource levels for curriculum implementation.
  • To recommend to the full Governing Body for approval statutory targets for pupils’ performance.


  • To ensure Teachers practice and performance in class conforms to the new TEACHING STANDARDS (May 2012) as follows
  1. Set High Expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils.
  2. Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils.
  3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge.
  4. Plan and Teach well-structured lessons.
  5. Adapt teaching to the strengths and needs of all pupils.
  6. Make accurate and productive use of assessment.
  7. Manage behaviour effectively.
  8. Fulfil wider professional responsibilities.


  1. Demonstrates consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct.
  2. Uphold public trust by maintaining high standards ethics and behaviour.
  3. Treating pupils with dignity and mutual respect, showing tolerance and respect for the rights of others.
  4. Having regard to the well-being and safeguarding needs of pupils.
  5. Not undermining fundamental British values.
  6. Ensuring personal beliefs are not expressed in ways which exploit pupil’s vulnerability.
  7. Having a proper regard for ethos, policies and practices of the school.

For full terms of reference of the Curriculum & Standards committee, please click on the link below:-

curriculum and standards TOR