What does the governing body do?

The role of the governing body is strategic (not operational – the headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school). The governing body acts as a “critical friend” to the school and its leadership.  Governors focus on three core strategic functions:

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


All state maintained primary, secondary and special schools, are accountable to their governing bodies, which in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Governing bodies consist of:

  • Parent governors – have a child in the school, are elected by parents/carers of the school
  • Staff governors – work at the school as teachers or support staff, are elected by staff
  • Head teacher
  • Local education authority governors – appointed by the Local Education Authority (LEA) from the political parties and the community
  • Co-opted governors – appointed by the governing body from the local community for the skills and experience that they can bring to the governing body


Our governing body is made up of the following members:


Governor Category

Andrew Bethell

Co-opted (Chair)


Matilda Calvert-Barr Authority
Patricia Daley Co-opted
Rose Dowling Co-opted 
Tony Hartney CBE Co-opted
Cristina Razza  Parent
Stavroulla Stavrinou Headteacher
Beth Walker Co-opted 
Leni Wild Co-opted
Craig Winnard Staff
Felicity Baird Clerk

Further details of the school governors and their committee membership and individual responsibilities can be found in the attached documents.


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