What is a School Governing Body?

Governing bodies are responsible for the strategic management of a school and will make decisions about a wide range of issues.

Their core responsibilities involved are:

  • Ensuring accountability
  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher
  • Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress
  • Budgetary allocation and control
  • Planning for the long term future of the school
  • Setting the school’s aims and values
  • Appointing senior members of staff including the Headteacher

At Royal Cross the governing body is split in to a small number of committees

  • ONLINE SAFETY - responsible for online safety across school and monitoring of any incidents.
  • RESOURCES - responsible for Finance, Premises and Health & Safety.
  • CURRICULUM - responsible for monotoring pupil achievement & curriculum delivery.

These committees will meet separately from the main governing body to discuss relevant issues in more detail. Discussion is then fed back at a Full Governing Body Meeting; the Terms of Reference for each of these meetings in on the School Web Site.


‘Communication is Key’