The Governing Body Terms of Reference

The Governing Body needs to take a strategic role, act as a critical friend to the School and be accountable for its decisions. It should set aims and objectives and agree, monitor and review policies, targets and priorities

Membership – As per the Instrument of Government, which states 12 Governors in total, comprising 2 parent governors, 1 LA governor, 1 staff governor, 1 teacher governor, headteacher and 7 foundation governors.



One half of the number of Governors in post


Disqualification – as per Regulation 20 and Schedule 6 of the Constitution Regulations.


Terms of reference:

·         To agree constitutional matters*, including procedures where the Governing Body has discretion

·         To recruit new members as vacancies arise and to appoint new governors* where appropriate

·         To hold at least three Governing Body meetings a year*

·         To appoint or remove the Chair and Vice Chair*

·         To appoint or remove a Clerk to the Governing Body*

·         To establish the committees of the Governing Body and their terms of reference*.

·         To appoint the Chair of any committee (if not delegated to the committee itself)

·         To appoint or remove a Clerk to each committee*

·         To suspend a governor*

·         To decide which functions of the Governing Body will be delegated to committees, groups and individuals*

·         To receive reports from any individual or committee to whom a decision has been delegated and to   consider whether any further action by the Governing Body is necessary*

·         To approve the first formal budget plan of the financial year

·         To keep the Health and Safety Policy and its practice under review and to make revisions where appropriate

·         To review the delegation arrangements annually*                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

·         Any additional items at the discretion of the full Governing Body


*these matters cannot be delegated to either a committee or an individual.