What is a School Governor?

School governors are volunteers; they are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in working together with staff to raise school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

What do Governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher, and the staff employed in the Academy. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.  

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

We have high expectations of governing bodies. They are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools that came into force in September 2013 and in the criteria Ofsted inspectors use to judge the effectiveness of governance in both maintained schools and academies.

All academy boards of trustees, have additional functions and responsibilities. Depending on the category of school, they may own land, act as employers, admission authorities, or boards of charitable trustees and company directors.


Victoria Brelsford Trustee as Chair of FGB
Andy Jee Trustee
Keith Jones Trustee
Southwell & Nottinghamshire Diocese Foundation Trustee


Mrs Victoria Brelsford               Chair of Governors

Mr Andrew Jee                          Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)

Miss Rebecca Chadwick             Headteacher (Ex Officio)

Rev. Christopher Levy               Foundation Governor (Ex Officio) 

Mr Mike Vessey                        Foundation Governor

Mrs Hayley Turner                    Appointed Governor

Mr Haydn Mitton                       Staff Governor

Mrs Stacey Attenborrow            Parent Governor

Mrs Sara Simpson                     Parent Governor

Mrs Judy Potts                          Parent Governor

Mr Mike Saint                           Appointed Governor

Ms Mary Harker                      Clerk to the Board of Governors