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St Sebastian's CofE Primary School

Together in Faith, We Aspire to Achieve Excellence

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About Our School's Governance

Circle of Governance - Whole Governing Board Approach


The Governing Board works as a ‘whole team’, meeting 6 times per year, once in each term, without any separate committees.  An agenda for each meeting will include all the tasks which the Governing Board is required to consider, and the Governing Board will ‘commission’ assignments or activities arising from the business of the meeting, which will be recorded in the minutes. Any ‘commissioned’ working groups will have Governing Board drafted agreed terms of reference.

In addition to ‘commissioning’ activities or actions on their behalf, the Governing Board, in order to ensure its core functions are fulfilled, will delegate monitoring responsibilities to ‘monitoring pairs’ or ‘individuals’. These include the statutory required individual roles and those focused on the priorities of the School Development Plans.

In each case where a function has been delegated there is a statutory duty to report any action or recommended decision to the Governing Board at the next meeting.

The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The Governing Body has resolved to conduct all its business as a full Governing Board, and to work collectively without committees.


The Governing Board has three strategic core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

This involves:

  • Helping to decide the school's strategy for improvement
  • Supporting and strengthening the leadership of the headteacher
  • Monitoring and evaluating the school's effectiveness
  • Asking challenging questions and pressing for improvement
  • Receiving reports from the Headteacher and other staff on the school's performance
  • Discussing and questioning the Headteacher's proposals and strategies
  • Answering to parents and to the wider local community for the actions of the Governing Board and the school's overall performance