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

Our Governors

In this section you will find information on who our Governors are, as well as a Chairs Blog which is updated following each full governors meeting. 

In this section you will find information about the composition of our Board of Governors and information about the role of the governing body.


What is a governing body?

A school's governing body is a corporate body. This means it has a legal existence separate from that of its individual members. Governors are drawn from the local community and are volunteers that are committed to the school and its aspirations for every pupil to achieve their full potential

What is the role of the governing body?


The Governing Body acts collectivly as a group. They have a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the School. The Governance role is strategic and the governing body concentrate on matters related to strategy and school improvement. Operational tasks such as drafting policies, making judgements about the quality of teaching and recruiting and deploying staff are delegated to the school leaders. The agenda of governing bodies is driven by their strategic planning cycle.


The governing body has three core functions:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction


  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff


• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.


The first function is strategic.

The governing body is responsible for the strategic management of the school. The governing body decides what they want the school to achieve, they do this by agreeing a framework with targets, and agreeing policies, in consultation with the head teacher. The governing body then monitors and evaluates the implementation and effectiveness of the framework and policies.


The second is challenge.

It is important that governors ask relevant but probing questions. They examine the performance of the children in the school, and give praise where it is good and seek ways of making improvements when expectations are not achieved.


Thirdly, governors must ensure accountability.

For example, if a task is delegated to a committee, the terms of reference for the group must be clearly set. Governors must evaluate themselves and the actions they take.

What is effective governance?


The Department for Education (DFE) defines the role of  governing bodies in the Governor's Handbook.

It says:


In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on the core strategic function:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


It defines that effective governance is based on six key features:

  1. Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
  2. Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
  3. People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
  4. Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  5. Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
  6. Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance


In the School Governance Regulations the Department for Education explains that the purpose of the governing body is to:

  • Help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement.
  • Keep the pressure up on school improvement.
  • Be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice.
  • Make the school accountable to the public for what it does.
  • Work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review.
  • Exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher.
  • Not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school.
Please also look at the FAQ section via the link below. We have listed the most commonly asked questions asked about governors and their role within school 
Full Governor meetings are held monthly and Minutes from these meetings are published below for your information. Some of the Governing Bodies duties are delegated to committees. More information regarding the sub- committees can be found on the sub pages below.
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.  
Maintained schools must publish information about governors' attendance at full governing body and committee meetings. Governors are also required to declare any relevant interests.
Further information can be viewed by clicking on the links below: