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What is a Governing Body for?

The Governing Body has a strategic responsibility for the school and is constituted with representatives of parents, staff, the Local Authority and other members co-opted for their skills and expertise. The headteacher, who has operational responsibility for the running of the school, is accountable to the Governing Body and the Local Authority.

The Governing Body utilises and works in comformance with the Governors' Handbook published by the DfE which:

1. Outlines the core role and functions of the Board of Governors [referred to as the 'board'] in mainstream schools and academies

2. Summarises and provides a first point of reference on all the legal duties on boards, signposting to more detailed information, guidance and resources

3. Provides information on the support available to boards to be effective.

More specifically, the role of the Governing Body is to:

1. Help shape the vision and strategic direction of the school.

2. Have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school.

3. Support and challenge the senior management team.

4. Hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and the quality of education it  provides.

5. Ensure that the school fulfils its statutory duties.

6. Monitor, review and develop plans and policies for effective school improvement.

How does it work?

Firstly to work well, there must be a climate of openness and trust between the Governing Body and the Head teacher and common vision and ethos. The Governing Body must be supportive but, at the same time, questioning to ensure decisions and actions are well thought through and justified.  At Guillemont, information and opinions are freely shared between the head teacher and members of the Governing Body and everybody works to a common purpose - the interests of the children.

To fulfil all of these roles and responsibilities the Governing Body works conscientiously, conforms to the National Governors' Association Code of Conduct for School Governing Bodies and is committed to making Guillemont an even better school.

How is it organised?

To achieve its aims, the Governing Body has a schedule of meetings and tasks to enable it to meet its responsibilities and its statutory duties. The whole Governing Body meets at half termly intervals to receive a report from the head teacher, to review what is happening at school and to plan strategically for the future. In order to ensure all the tasks get the time and attention they deserve, the Governing Body has set up a number of committees. These committees share the work to properly cover our responsibilities and to help develop a good understanding of the school, support its work and hold it accountable.

At Guillemont, we have three major committees:

Finance and Resources – The management and operation of the school, including finances, resources and facilities, and ensuring the school meets its statutory duties.

Curriculum and Standards - The quality of Teaching and Learning (by monitoring the delivery of the curriculum, standards achieved and improvement, target setting and by the analysis of achievement) and the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and associated statutory responsibilities

Safeguarding and Wellbeing - The safety and wellbeing of all in the school community: pupils, staff, and visitors.

These committees termly except for the Finanace and Resources Committee which meets each half term. There are a number of smaller committees, Performance Management  and Pay and ad hoc panels which only convene (very rarely, if at all) when the need arise on matters such as Pupil Discipline, Staff Grievance, Complaints, and so on. In addition to serving on one or more committees, Governors are each linked to a particular area within the school and make visits to monitor, support and challenge to ensure the improvements are being delivered and statutory duties met.

Governors also play an important role in some of the day-to-day school business such as recruitment, helping in class, attending and supporting school events, going on trips and residential visits.

Our aim as a Governing Body is to support and challenge the school in its effort to ensure that every child at the school achieves their potential and high standards are met across the curriculum. The Governors seek to improve their own effectiveness through training and regular self evaluation.

What does it mean for you?

Anyone can be a Governor: parents, grandparents, local residents, local business people and everyone can offer their different insights into all matters concerning the provision of education within the school. The more varied the make up of the Governing Body the better the final decisions will be.

As a Governor you will feel the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped the next generation and offered the school a valuable critical friend.

Are you interested in being a Governor?

If you would like to support the school and help shape its direction, more information can be found at: 

Hampshire Governor Services provide a range of training courses for governors including induction training for new governors.

You can also speak to Clive Norris, Chair of Governors or Denis Foster, the Headteacher, by contacting the school office.

The Constitution of the Governing Body

The Governing Body was reconstituted on 18th May 2015 as required by The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Instrument of Governance can be found here IOG

One of the intentions of the regulations is to enable Governing Bodies to reduce the number of elected and appointed governors and to give them the power  to co-opt governors (including parents) who have particular skills and expertise to improve governance.

Therefore parent/carers can become governors by being elected by the parent community or by co-option. Parents can be co-opted by invitation or by putting themselves forward for consideration by the Governing Body when vacancies occur.

Detailed below are our current Governors:

Chair of Governors      

Term Ends         

Vice Chair of Governors         

Term Ends         

Clerk to the Governors   


Clive Norris     


Teresa Marron


David Armstrong








Parent Governors

Term Ends

Local Authority Governor

Term Ends

Staff Governors

Term Ends

1. Katie Wood


1. Clive Norris


1. Denis Foster


2. Andy Cook




2. Ellen Keep
















Co-opted Governors

Term Ends

Associate Member*

Term Ends



1. Georgina Compton






2. Teresa Marron






3. Susan Mead






4. Lynsey Greenwood






5. Katy Garrard






6. Kay Patel






















Committee Chairs:

Finances and Resources - Clive Norris

Curriculum and Standards - Susan Mead

Safeguarding and Wellbeing - Georgina Compton

*Associate Members are able to attend governor meetings but do not have voting rights at Full Governing Body meetings. At the discretion of the Governing Body, Associate Members can be granted voting-rights on sub-committees.

In addition to committee membership, governors take on specific responsibilities reporting to committees as below:

Curriculum and Standards:

English: Clive Norris

ICT: Andy Cook

Mathematics: Susan Mead

Science: Andy Cook

Inclusion (SEND, LU and EAL: Teresa Marron

G&T: Katie Wood

Project-Based Learning (PBL): Kay Patel

Finances & Resources:

Health and Safety: Georgina Compton

Financial Controls: Georgina Compton

Safeguarding and Wellbeing:

Pupil Voice: Clive Norris

Child Protection: Georgina Compton


Training and Development Governor: Kay Patel

Declared Interests of Governors:

Susan Mead is a governor at Fernhill School.

Lynsey Greenwood is a member of staff at the school.

Kay Patel is a parent of a pupil at this school.

No other interests declared.


Governor Attendance

Governing Bodies are required to publish annually the attendance records of governors at Full Governing Body and Committee meetings.

For the academic year 2017/18, the attendances were:


Governor  Number Attended  Total Number of meetings Percentage
Nicola Astill 2  4  50%
Ellen Bainbridge  7 88%
Georgina Compton   17 18  94%
Andy Cook   15 18  83%
Denis Foster  18 18  100%
Lynsey Greenwood   12 15  80%
Ellen Keep 100%
Teresa Marron   15 15  100%
Sue Mead   8 89%
Clive Norris   18 18  100%
Kay Patel  13 15  87%
Katie Wood  8 100%
Sarah Lester 10  15  67%
Sarah Horsey 25%

 Note: the total number of meetings will vary as individual governors may sit on more than one committee. This list includes former governors who served during part of the year only.


Individual governors should be contacted by letter via the school reception or by emailing: Please note that this link is only active through Microsoft Outlook express. If this is not your default email, please paste the link into your account.