Governing Body

The Governing Body is a key part of any school; its constitution and responsibilities are set out in various Acts of Parliament.

The Governing Body has three key roles:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the school
  • Monitoring the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the head teacher
  • Ensuring financial probity

When setting the school strategy the Governing Body works very closely with the School’s Senior Leadership Team. The Leadership Team are responsible for the implementation of the strategy and the day-to-day management of the school.


Membership of the Governing Body

The Governing Body consists of individuals from the various stakeholders in the School.

  • The school staff (teaching and non-teaching)
  • The parents who have children attending the school
  • The local community
  • The Local Education Authority (LEA)



All governors have safeguarding training and safeguarding of pupils is a persistent agenda item in FGB and in each committee meeting.

Each governor also has a defined “Link Governor” responsibility. Link Governor roles include: SEND, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Finance, Premises etc. Governors conduct monitoring visits in school, with leaders, staff and pupils, to ensure that relevant policies are in place and are being followed, and to progress our agenda of developing the school.  Each Link Governor role is expected to report to the Full Governing Body at least once a year.

Governors also visit and support the school on an ad-hoc basis throughout the year attending assemblies, parents evenings, sitting on interview panels, handling complaints, assisting with school trips and in school projects.  


 Structure of the Governing Body

All Templewood governors are members of our Full Governing Board or (FGB), which meets 5 times per year.

Additionally, we operate 2 sub-committees, which meet on a termly basis and report their work back into FGB meetings. Each Governor serves on one of the sub-committees:

  • Our Resources committee has responsibility for: approving and monitoring school budgets; ensuring that money is responsibly spent, health and safety; premises management.
  • Our School Improvement Committee (S.I.C.) focusses on Teaching and Learning, and seeks to:
    • ensure that our curriculum intent is consistent with national curriculum guidance and our school strategy.
    • Observe that the curriculum is being well implemented, through effective subject leadership, teaching and assessment.
    • Understand the impact of the school’s approach for pupils in terms of educational progression, attainment and personal development.

The School Improvement Committee remit is wide. In addition to the curriculum aspects above, it also covers: the provision we make for disadvantaged children; the provision for children with special educational needs;  and how we manage behaviour, attendance etc.


Who's Who on the governing body

Instrument of government

FGB Attendance