The Role of the Governing Body
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. They hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. They provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school, monitor and evaluate the work of the school and hold the headteacher to account. The governors also discuss the character of the school and its relationship with parents, the outside community and the Church. Each governor has one or more area of responsibility as well as attending monthly meetings together. There are 3 meetings a month - a curriculum meeting, a finance meeting and a general governors meeting. Minutes of all meetings are available by asking at the school office.
The structure of the governing body is laid down by the Government, so that parents and the Church have sufficient representation to make the school what they want it to be. There are currently a total of 14 governors, which are made up of 8 Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese, 2 Parent Governors elected by the parents, 2 who are members of staff, one Children's Services Authority representative and the head teacher.
Governors serve for 4 years unless re-appointed, and each year they vote in a Chair and Vice-Chair. The school became port of the Plymouth CAST multi-academy trust in April 2014 so the tenure of all current governors is 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2018.