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Role of Governor Board

School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability. Governors appoint the Headteacher and assistant headteacher. It is Governors who hold the main responsibility for finance  and it is Governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.  Each individual Governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual Governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Board. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Board. The role of the Governing Board is to ensure high standards of achievement for all children in the school, its key functions are: 

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • ‚ÄčTo hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

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 Board.

If you would like to use your skills to make a positive impact on the education of our pupils and would like to know more about how you can become a school Governor at The Downs School, please contact us.

On the 6th September 2016 we federated with Beedon C of E Primary School, as a result we have reconstituted our Governing Board increasing from 16 to 18 members: 1 extra Foundation Governor place and 1 extra Co-opted Governor. The Governing Board is now 'The Downland Federation'.

The Governing Board shall consist of:

  • The Headteacher
  • One elected Staff Governor
  • One appointed Local Authority Governor
  • Two elected Parent Governors
  • Eight Co-opted Governors
  • Two Partnership Governors
  • Three Foundation Governors

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year. The Chair of Governors is Emily Havers, who can be contacted via contact us. The work of the Governing Board is carried out at full board level with two focus based (Teaching and Learning and Resources) meetings per term.  There are seperate committees dealing with finance, staff pay and conditions, achievement and curriculum, students, and teaching and learning.

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