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Our Governors

What They Do

Governors (Trustees) are appointed or elected by a number of bodies and groups including the Church, the Local Authority, the parents and the staff. Governors are representatives not delegates.  

The Governing Board is responsible in law for the School, but it has a strategic role and doesn't get involved in operational matters like teaching or timetabling – these are the responsibility of the Headteacher. The Governing Board holds the Headteacher to account for their decisions.  

All governing boards have three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the School and its students, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the School and making sure its money is well spent

The Governing Board holds the Headteacher to account by monitoring and asking the right questions. This often includes visiting the School to look at specific areas, such as safeguarding or behaviour.


The Governing Board's duties include:

  • Setting the vision and ethos of the School
  • Appointing and appraising the Headteacher
  • Making sure the Headteacher carries out his/her duties to appraise other teachers
  • Making sure safer recruitment procedures are applied
  • Ensuring the School has a written policy on sex and relationship education (SRE) that parents can see
  • Approving and monitoring the School budget
  • Ensuring that pupil premium funding is being spent on improving attainment for eligible pupils
  • Appointing a designated teacher to promote the achievement of any looked-after children in the School
  • Making sure the School complies with the Equality Act 2010, and publishing information on how it is doing this
  • Ensuring the School has a policy on supporting pupils with medical conditions
  • Appointing a member of staff to be the designated safeguarding lead and ensuring the School has effective policies and procedures in place to keep children safe
  • Ensuring that the School makes special education provision for pupils who have SEN and that the School follows the statutory Code of Practice

Questions and Answers

Who is the governing board accountable to?
The governing board is accountable to Ofsted, the secretary of state for education (via regional schools commissioners), the members of the academy trust and the local community. It is accountable to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for its financial management.
How can I become a Parent Governor? 
If you're interested in becoming a Governor, talk to the current chair of Governors who leads the board. When there's a vacancy for a parent governor all parents will be informed, and you'll have a chance to stand for election.
Are Governors Paid?
No. Being a Governor is entirely voluntary. But as with many other voluntary roles, such as being a magistrate, or working with St John's Ambulance, there is an expectation of professionalism. Training is made available to ensure newcomers reach the necessary level of expertise, and experienced Governors refresh and extend their expertise.
Do School Governors run the School?
No. The day-to-day management of the School is the responsibility of the Headteacher and leadership team. The Board of Governors is there to help shape Bishop Perowne's future direction and focus. They are there to question and challenge, ensuring the School is being run well.
What Sort of People Become School Governors?
All sorts of people become School Governors. Governors do not have to be a particular type of person, nor have particular qualifications, know about education or even have children. The only requirement is to be over 18. 
Can I approach the Governors with concerns?
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the School. Concerns and complaints should go to the School before coming to the Governing Board.

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