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Role of the Governors

Role of the Governors

The Board of Governors are responsible for the overall management of the school, in much the same way that a board of directors is responsible for the overall management of a company.

The Governors do not run the school on a day to day basis – that is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and the Leadership Team – but rather concentrate on the strategic direction of the school, ensuring that appropriate policies and procedures are in place to ensure the school is well run and meets its numerous statutory obligations, to set the strategic plan and monitor the school’s performance against this, and to provide support and advice to the Senior Leadership team.


The Governors play a strategic role in making decisions and taking action to improve the standards of teaching and learning of the students at the school in a safe and pleasant environment The Governors are not expected to be experts in the running of a school, but rather are unpaid volunteers who give their time and knowledge to help ensure Walsh Junior School is well run and able to meet is objective of allowing students be the best they can possibly be.



Walsh has a Chair of Governors - Martin Burford and Matthew Woodruff as Vice-Chair. Full Governing Body Meetings are held at least once each term, with extra ordinary ones scheduled as necessary.

The governors have a separate Data and Finance Working Party and a Teaching and Learning Working Party.


Data and Finance Working Party, (with effect from 1.9.2021), will consist of the following governors: Martin Burford, Keith Bristow, Paul Clark, Matthew Woodruff, Bethany Clark, Father Keith Bristow, Judith Tyler and Anthony Lucas-Smith. They will meet once a term and feedback at the full governing body meetings..


Why it is important for the governing body to have adequate financial skills.

It is essential for the governing body to have access to adequate financial skills to ensure they meet their statutory responsibilities for the financial management of the school and can safeguard the large amounts of public money for which they are responsible.

Not all governors need all these skills, but collectively members of the governing body (and finance committee or equivalent) should have these skills among them.


Why it is important for the governing body to challenge and support the headteacher.

The governing body has a statutory responsibility to support and challenge the headteacher. Members of the governing body do this to ensure that:

  • resources are deployed appropriately in line with the school’s priorities
  • planned levels of financial performance are achieved
  • the school avoids incurring financial loss and waste
  • the school receives favourable audit assessments


What are the key financial roles of the governing body and its committees?

The governing body is given its powers and duties as an incorporated body. The statutory responsibilities of the governing body of a maintained school are detailed in section 21 of the Education Act 2002. Their key financial roles are to:

  • manage the school budget
  • decide on how to spend the delegated school budget, depending on any conditions for maintained schools set out in the local authority scheme for financing schools
  • be consulted by their local authority on funding
  • ensure accurate school accounts are kept
  • determine the number and type of staff and a pay policy in accordance with the school teachers’ pay and conditions
  • act as a ‘critical friend’ to the headteacher by providing advice, challenge and support


Teaching and Learning Working Party (with effect from 1.9.2021), will consist of the following governors: Martin Burford, Ceri Hurcombe, Bethany Clark, Anthony Lucas-Smith, Judith Tyler and Amy Pye. They will meet once a term and feedback at the full governing body meetings.


The governing body is statutorily responsible for determining the mission, educational

character, values and ethos of a school. The educational character is often viewed as the

curriculum, which is the complete offer of learning programmes and qualifications and the

ways in which they are delivered. It can be described as the total experiences of a learner in

the school.

Teaching, learning and assessment are an essential part of the curriculum and

therefore at the heart of any school; they represent the core essence of the school and are a key leadership priority for governors.


Outstanding teaching, learning and assessment will guarantee success by ensuring strong demand from learners; it will also lead to a positive Ofsted inspection outcome.

Ofsted will want to see that Governors understand the strengths and weaknesses of Teaching Learning and Assessment by curriculum area in their school.


The challenge for governors is how to show leadership in an area where they may lack

knowledge and expertise. Effective monitoring of the quality of provision requires an

understanding of the learner’s experience as well as accurate information and reporting on



Judging the quality of teaching, learning and assessment

Ofsted inspectors make judgements on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment by

evaluating the extent to which:

Guidance notes: Governors’ Role - Teaching, Learning and Assessment


  • learners benefit from high expectations, engagement, care, support and motivation

          from staff.

  • staff use their skills and expertise to plan and deliver teaching, learning and support to

          meet each learner’s needs.

  • staff initially assess learners’ starting points and monitor their progress, set challenging tasks and targets, and build on and extend learning for all learners.
  • learners understand how to improve as a result of frequent, detailed and accurate feedback from staff following assessment of their learning.
  • teaching and learning develop English, mathematics and functional skills, and support the achievement of learning goals and career aims.
  • equality and diversity are promoted through teaching and learning.

Further Information

Further information on the Governing Body can be obtained by contacting the school. Alternatively; you can email the Governors via the Clerk at  A guide is also available for prospective governors that provide some useful background information on the role and responsibilities of school governors.