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What we do

What is the Governing Body?


We are a group of volunteers from the School Community who work with the Headteacher to set the strategic direction of our school. We have a vast range of professional skills and life experience to act as a critical friend to the school. This allows us to make well considered collective decisions on a wide variety of issues.


We monitor the impact of policies initiated by the Local Authority and oversee the management of the School Budget. This includes close monitoring of the Pupil Premium, Covid-19 Catch Up and Sports Premium Funding, ensuring each child gets a thorough education appropriate to their individual needs. We believe education isn’t just about tests; it’s about becoming a confident and emotionally rounded young person, ready for the modern world.


What do the Governing Body do?

We meet each term; once on a formal basis and once on an informal basis. We also meet with teachers via our Link Governor roles, focused on a specific priority in the School Development Plan.


Each Governor has an active role within a smaller committee, which allows us to focus upon the effective management of the school. Our committees are;

  • Finance and Resources Committee
  • Curriculum Committee


We respond to recommendations made by outside agencies such as Ofsted and our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner. We also consider appeals from children and staff and parent/carer complaints should they arise.

We set the targets for pupil attainment and monitor them closely through progress data with Mrs Peacock.  These targets form the basis of;

  • The School Development Plan; monitored through Link Governor roles. 
  • Headteacher Performance Management.


As with our children, Governors are encouraged to take an independent approach to their own learning. All Governors attend the Governor Induction Programme and on-going training provided by Local Authority. This can be training sessions appropriate to individual committee and Link Governor roles or group training sessions which we attend as a team. This includes statutory Safe Guarding training.


As good practice we ensure that at least two governors are accredited in Safer Recruitment to offer an independent view on recruitment undertaken within school.


Who are the Governing Body?


The Governing Body is made up from 12 volunteers from across the school community. To ensure we have the most effective team, we opted for the following constitution;


  • 7 Co-opted Governors (4 roles vacant)
  • 2 Parent Governors (1 role vacant)
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (role vacant)
  • 1 Headteacher Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor


Associate members from across the school community, support us in the efficient running of our school. Associate Governors attend meetings as required, but don't have voting rights. These are only awarded to full members of the Governing Body.


We are supported by a Clerk supplied by the Local Authority Governance Team.