Cherry Garden Primary School

  1. Parents and Partners
  2. Governors


Who are the governors and what is their role in school?

The governors are a group of local people who have put themselves forward to take a role in the running of the school. Governors are different from volunteers in that they have statutory responsibilities to fulfil and are an integral part of the school's leadership. The role of governor is unpaid and people put themselves forward to serve their community. Governors do not need to be experts in education - in fact, it is a real benefit to have other, complimentary, experience on the governing body.

Governors are responsible for (among other things) agreeing school policies, setting and monitoring the school budget and for securing positive outcomes for pupils. The governors delegate the day to day running of the school to the headteacher who, in turn, delegates certain responsibilities to other senior leaders and staff. However, the headteacher is ultimately accountable to the governors for the performance of the school.

Governors are there to both support the school and to challenge it to be the best it can for the sake of its pupils and community. We hope you find the information in this section useful and informative.

Sarah Wade and Hannah Rogers - Co-Chairs of Governors

Structure of the Governing Body

The governing body reconstituted in May 2015. The following membership structure has been agreed:


      • Two parent governors
      • One local authority governor
      • One staff governor
      • One headteacher
      • Seven co-opted governors
      • One clerk to the governors


The governing body has agreed the following structure to conduct its work:

Full Governing Body  

Meets at least 6 times per academic year and carries out all of the governing bodies business in line with Standing Orders document:  

  • setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils; and
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it’s money is well spent.
Link Governors

Each governor has a number of areas of the school to which they are linked. They focus on monitoring and reviewing these areas with the relevant staff within the school, and then report back to the Full Governing Body. Focus areas include Pupil Premium, Curriculum, SEND, Finance, English, Maths and Safeguarding.

Pay Panel Undertaking the performance management of the headteacher and ratifying staff pay decisions.
Complaints / Exclusions /  Staff Grievance Panel This panel will be assembled if required in line with the terms of reference.


Governing Body Membership

Governing Body Attendance