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Role of Governors


What do school governors do?

The role of the Governing Board is to govern the school. This means focusing on the core functions of providing strategic leadership, holding the headteacher to account and making sure the school’s money is well spent. This is a demanding task for which all governors need to have, or develop, relevant and appropriate skills.


Remit of the Governing Board and its committees

The Governing Board is comprised of the Full Governing Board and two sub committees:

  • Full Governing Board: Chair - Mrs Emma Meek; Vice Chair - Mrs Alison Jenkinson
  • Leadership and Management: Chair - Mrs Josephine Hinson; Vice Chair - Ben Mackett
  • Standards and Achievement:  Chair - Mrs Alison Jenkinson; Vice Chair - Elizabeth Smith
The Governing Board is supported by the Clerk to the Governing Board, Mrs Angie Selle.  She can be contacted by email at clerk@gurnardprimaryschool.co.uk


Structure of the Governing Board

The Governing Board at Gurnard Primary School is constituted under the 2012 Constitution Regulations. It is comprised of 12 members including:

  • 4 parent governors elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.
  • 1 staff governor elected by the school staff. They cease to hold office when they cease to work at the school. 
  • the Headteacher. The headteacher is a member of the Governing Board by virtue of their office. 
  • 1 local authority governor nominated by the local authority but appointed by the Governing Board.
  • 5 co-opted governors appointed by the Governing Board. They have been appointed because of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

The approved Instrument of Government can be found here.

Membership comprises of governors with the appropriate skills and experience to carry out the statutory roles and responsibilities of the Governing Board and to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school. The Governing Board reviews their effectiveness regularly, including the extent to which their size and structure is fit for purpose and their members have the necessary skills.  A skills audit has been used to identify the skills, knowledge and experience of current governors and any additional specific skills or experience that the Governing Board ideally requires. Each Governor’s term of office is four years, after which time an election is held. The Chair is elected annually from within the Governing Board. 


Applying to be a Governor

We currently have a vacancies for a parent governor and a co-opted governor.  

If you are interested in applying to become a school governor, please click here for more information.



Governors' Newsletters

July 2019

April 2019

December 2018

July 2018

April 2018

December 2017

July 2017

April 2017

December 2016