The Governing Body

The Role of a School Governor

We are a group of volunteers from a range of backgrounds within the local community who are passionate about children’s education and who want to make a real difference to the school.  Our objective is to provide a strategic view, which means deciding, in partnership with the school’s Senior Leadership Team, what the school needs to achieve and agreeing the framework for getting there.  We do this by offering advice and support to the Headteacher to ensure that the school continues to raise its standards of achievement, delivers the school’s priorities and secures value for money.

In May 2013 the Governors decided to re-constitute and adopt a more flexible approach to the types of Governors we have at Woodseats.  Previously we have been limited to; six Parent Governors, four Staff Governors and four Community Governors.  Now we have introduced the role of a co-opted Governor and our structure is; two Parent Governors, one Local Authority Governor, one Staff Governor, the Headteacher and ten Co-opted Governors. 


Our Governors:

Our Governor Attendance Record for 2015/2016:

Our Governor Attendance Record for 2014/2015:

Types of Governors:

Co-opted Governors - are appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.  As a co-opted governor, they may have an area of specialist knowledge or experience or bring a wide range of skills and experience to the role of a governor.

Parent Governors – are elected by the parents of registered pupils at the School.

LA Governors – have been appointed by the Local Authority.

Staff Governors – must be paid to work at the school and elected by the Staff.

Associate Governors – we benefit from being able to draw on expertise and experience from outside our formal Governor membership.

Our Governing Body meets at least once per term, although we have established three sub-committees who meet on a more regular basis and have their own specific Roles and Responsibilities.  The Resources Committee deal with teaching and non-teaching staffing issues, budget setting, Premises and Health & Safety and ensuring the School gets the best value.  The Teaching & Learning Committee deal with all aspects of the curriculum, teaching and learning, pupil progress and target setting.  The School Improvement Committee play a key role in managing the School and ensuring that committee work is co-ordinated.  We also form other Sub-Committees as and when necessary and a recent example of this is our Recruitment Committee.  Their specific role was to go through the recruitment process starting from advertising right through to interviewing and the recruitment of a new Headteacher. 

Committee Structure


School Improvement Committee

Teaching & Learning Committee 

Resources Committee        

Sinead Fox

Amanda Towers

Fiona Burrows (Chair)           

Sarah Hall (Chair of Governors)

Sinead Fox

Eileen Cross (Vice Chair)

Fiona Burrows 

Heather Ronksley

Sinead Fox

Eileen Cross (Vice Chair)

Tamsin Woodward

Alison Riocreux


Chloe Saunders

Sarah Hall


Emma Towers


Karen Dunning


Sarah Hall



Lynn Findlay


Most Governing Bodies use a committee structure to undertake their monitoring and evaluation roles.  Membership and terms of reference of committees must be determined annually.  Finance, Staffing, Admissions, Health and Safety, Curriculum and Premises Committees are very common.


Link Governors 

Early Years Foundation Stage

Eileen Cross                                                                           


Eileen Cross


Sarah Hall


Amanda Towers



Lynn Findlay

Parental Engagement

Lynn Findlay and Emma Towers


Tamsin Woodward


Frances Blow


Alison Riocreux

School Parliament

Alison Riocreux

Key Stage 2

Sports Funding

What is a Link Governor?

A link Governor creates a good working relationship between the subject specialist within the school and the subject link governor and will enhance the success of any initiatives.

As a model, the subject link governor, in support of the curriculum team, could undertake some or all of the following: 

  • Become informed about relevant documents and legislation; OfSTED criteria for evaluating the subject provision; local and national issues impacting upon the subject.
  • Liaise with the subject co-ordinator or head of subject in order to become informed about staffing arrangements and training; the condition and availability of resources; curriculum and timetable arrangements; special needs provision; reference to the school development plan; assessment and recording procedures for the subject; which visits and visitors are planned.
  • Establish and maintain effective lines of communication between the subject co-ordinator and the Governing Body; report back to Governing Body meetings.


If you are interested in being a Governor you can either contact us by mail or via the School office.

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