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Governing Body

The Governing Body together with the Headteacher and senior staff, forms the school Leadership and Management team, and share responsibility for the school.  The Governing Body must hold the school to account for the standards it achieves.  It must ensure that all resources (including the school budget and staff) are properly used to meet the needs of all children and provide value for money.  Governors help to form the School Improvement Plan and are responsible for monitoring all aspects of its effectiveness in terms of outcomes for pupils.
Who are the Governors?
The Governing Body is made up of 4 groups who represent the stakeholders of the school : staff, parents, the community and the Local Authority.  This range of people is intended to provide a broad and  balanced selection of viewpoints and to represent each sector of the school’s community. Governors are volunteers. An effective Governing Body will have members who have a wide range of experience and a variety of skills to offer their school. They typically serve for four years and during this time will have a variety of responsibilities.
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Key roles of governors:
  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 

At Downsview at present we have a Governing Body of 8 people. They are elected from the parents, the staff and the community. One Governor represents the Local Authority. The Head Teacher is present at meetings as is our well informed Clerk to the Governors who takes minutes which are later presented to all Governors to be ratified as correct. In addition to the Full Governing Body, there are two separate committees that focus on specific areas to ensure all elements of the school are considered fully. The membership of the committees is reviewed at the first meeting of the governors in the academic year.  Governors also have monitoring and other individual responsibilities.  Governors report back to the committees and full governing body on their activities.

Achievement & Standards Committee: Achievement and Standards look at what children are learning and the standards they achieve.

Resources Committee :The Resources Committee deals with finance, premises and personnel matters.

The constitution of the Governing Board is: 
The membership is: 
The Headteacher
4 Co-opted Governors
1 Local Authority (LA) Governor
1 Staff Governor
2 Parent Governors

There is currently one Associate Member on the board.


These are the people in post, with their terms of office and governor responsibilities:


The Clerk to the Governors is Karen Fitzpatrick.

If you wish to contact the Governing Body please address correspondence to the Chair of Governors or the Clerk to Governors C/O the school. 

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please enquire at the school office and we will contact you to talk about what the role involves and the opportunities that are available.

 Business Interests 

The governors declare their business interests annually and update them during the year if required.  This is the summary from September 2016 (ex-governors are included for 12 months after they leave the governing body):

 Governors’ Attendance at meetings 2016-17 Academic Year