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Our Governors

Dringhouses Primary School Governing Body

The Governing Body as a group is responsible for the strategic direction of the school, financial performance and holding leaders to account. The board has a shared goal with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to drive for exceptional, holistic education.

The role of Governor is largely a thinking and questioning role. The day to day operational management of the school is delegated to the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team.

There are currently 13 members on the board which consists of teachers, parents, co-opted governors and local authority appointed roles.

Meet our Governors
What does the governing body do?

The Governing Body has an important part to play in guiding the school and raising school standards.

Its three main roles are to:

  1. set the vision and strategic direction of the school
  2. hold the headteacher to account for the school’s educational performance
  3. ensure that financial resources are well spent.

Some of the things we do as a governing body include:

  • Agreeing the aims and values of the school.
  • Making decisions on the school’s budget, expenditure and staffing.
  • Ensuring individual pupils’ needs are met, including special needs, monitoring and reviewing the school’s progress and approving school development plans.
  • Fulfilling our statutory duties to ensure that the school provides a safe, healthy and inclusive environment.

In practice, we:

  • Hold full governing body and sub-committee meetings to manage the business.
  • Invite staff to governing body meetings to tell us what is happening in their area.
  • Make visits to the school.
  • Have links with particular areas of the curriculum such as literacy or numeracy.
How does the governing body work?

The full governing body has legal duties and powers, and all governors share in that corporate responsibility, working by collective decision-making and shared power. Governors do not represent the individual interests of parents, staff, or any particular group within the school or wider community.

The full governing body meets five times a year, but most of our work is delegated to three main committees:

  • Standards and Effectiveness Committee (S&E), which monitors what and how children learn, their achievements and the quality of teaching as well as attendance and behaviour.
  • Resources, which manages the financial, premises, staffing and teaching & learning resources as well as monitoring health and safety.
  • Pay and Performance management, which manages the headteacher’s performance, monitors the performance management processes for other staff and has responsibility for teachers’ pay.

These committees meet between three and five times a year. As well as being members of the full governing body, all governors sit on one or more of the committees depending upon their interest and skills, and they might have special responsibilities for a subject area or year group.

How do I contact the School Governors?

We welcome and encourage any feedback and if you wish to get involved with the Governing Body, please contact us through the school office

01904 553940


Committee Membership

Additional Specific roles of a Link Governor:

Disadvantaged – Luke Zwalf

Safeguarding – Anna Riach

Early Years Foundations Stage – Natalie Wong

Key Stage 1 – Kara Byworth

Key Stage 2 – Mike Hay

Special Education Needs – Dave Hardcastle

Health & Safety – Matt Boxall

Further information about Committee Membership can be found here.


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