Aims of the Governing Board

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All schools in England have a Governing Board which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community. The Governing Board works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the role of the governing board is strategic.  It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

We agree to adopt the DfE guidance (2015) on clarification of GB functions

Establish the strategic direction by

  • Setting the vision, values and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Appointing the headteacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance manage the headteacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self- evaluation
  • Ensuring financial probity
  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spend against budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

From April 2016 the governing body now consists of:

  • The Headteacher
  • One elected staff governor
  • One appointed local authority governor
  • Two elected parent governors
  • Three foundation governors
  • Four co-opted governors, one who shall be from non–teaching staff

Total: 12

Up to three non-voting associate governors (as and when) may be appointed for a period of two years.

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The governors  who can be contacted via the school office or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees. At Brixworth Primary, we have the following committees:


  • Finance
  • Personnel
  • Headteacher Performance Management


School Improvement Areas – Jan –July 2018


Governor Responsibility

Leadership and Management

To build a broad and balanced curriculum


Mike Nash

Nick Rose

Russell Parsons


To increase Governor involvement in school self-evaluation and monitoring of the SDP.

Teaching, learning and assessment

To provide effective feedback and ensure marking is meaningful, manageable and motivating.


Liz Jacks


To ensure quality of teaching and learning throughout the school is consistently high.


Chloe Willson-Thomas

Personal Development, behaviour and welfare

To develop our PSHE provision


Susan Cole

Outcomes for pupils


To raise attainment in Reading

John Trenfield


To develop Reasoning, Problem solving and fluency across the Maths curriculum.


Early years provision: quality and standards

To develop Outdoor Provision in Foundation Stage


Phil Walter

John Trenfield