Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful
Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful

Code of Practice

The Governors Code of Conduct sets out the expectations and commitment required from governors in order for the governing body to properly carry out its work within the school and the community.  


The Governing Body has adopted the following principles and procedures:




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

  • We recognise that the headteacher is responsible for the implementation of policy, day-to-day management of the school and the implementation of the curriculum;

  • We accept that all governors have equal status, and although elected or appointed by different groups (eg parents, staff, Local Authority) our overriding concern will be the welfare of the school as a whole;

  • We have no legal authority to act individually, except when the governing body has given us delegated authority to do so;

  • We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for the employment of staff, we will fulfil all that is reasonably expected of a good employer;

  • We will encourage open government and should be seen to be doing so;

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




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

  • We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the governing body, attend regular meetings, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups;

  • We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities;

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




  • We will strive to work as a team;

  • We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the head, staff, parents, the Local Authority and other relevant agencies (including the Diocesan Authorities, where appropriate) and the community.





  • We will observe complete confidentiality when required or asked to do so by the governing body, especially regarding matters concerning individual staff or students;

  • As a matter of trust we will not discuss the views of fellow governors with members of the public outside our meetings;

  • We will exercise the greatest prudence if a discussion of a potentially contentious issue affecting the school arises outside the governing body.




  • We will encourage the open expression of views at meetings, but accept collective responsibility for all decision made by the governing body or its delegated agents;

  • We will only speak or act on behalf of the governing body when we have been specifically authorised to do so;

  • In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the governing body;

  • Our visits to the schools will be undertaken within the framework established by the governing body and agreed with the Head teacher;

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