Governor Information

Governor Information


Purpose of the Governing Body


The Department for Education describes the purpose of a governing body as follows. The governing body should:


  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement


  • keep the pressure up on school improvement


  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice


  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community


  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does


  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review


  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the head teacher and staff


  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action


Applying to be a Governor


Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to become a school governor. Terms of office usually last for 4 years. If you are interested in becoming a governor at St. Paul’s CE Primary School you can enquire at the school office or apply online at


The National Governors' Association website has more information about the role of school governors and how to apply.


We currently have one governor vacancy.


Structure and Membership of St Paul’s Governing Body


A governing body is made up of Local Authority, parent, staff and co-opted governors from which a Chair and Vice Chair are elected.


2012 regulations require schools to have at least 7 governors including 2 parents, 1 ex-officio head, 1 elected staff, 1 Local Authority, with the remaining places filled with co-opted governors.


St Paul’s governing body re-constituted in 2015. It was decided to form a governing body of 12 members which comprises:


  • 3 Parents


  • 3 Foundation governors


  • 1 Local Authority


  • 1  Head Teacher


  • 1 staff (elected)


  • 3 co-opted


(Co-opted governors can be parents, staff or community governors but the proportion of staff on a governing body, including the Head, cannot exceed one third of the total.)


A Chair of Governors and a Vice Chair are elected from the parent, Local Authority and co-opted governors (staff and the ex-officio head cannot take on these roles). 


Full governor meetings are clerked by an appointed Clerk to the Governors.


Special Responsibilities


Governors also choose, or are appointed, to serve on various committees and, additionally, to take on the responsibility for overseeing different priorities of the School Development Plan.


Committee meetings are chaired and clerked by appointed members of that committee.




The Governring Body have decided to cover the majority of tasks within the full governors meeting. 



Some committees will convene as they are needed, for example 'Pay and Personnel'.


Full Governors' Meetings


St Paul’s governing body meets termly for meetings.


These are chaired by the chair of governors and clerked by a local authority clerk.


The head teacher is also present at all regular meetings.


The head teacher presents a termly report which outlines the progress of teaching and learning in the school based on the results of lesson observations and data from assessments, along with progress on the School Improvement Plan, staffing, concerns, absences, exclusions and budget.


A typical meeting includes:


  • Declaration of interests


  • Ratifying minutes of previous meetings


  • Reviewing and approving policies


  • Matters arising from previous meetings


  • Reports from governors with special responsibilities


  • Correspondence sent to the Chair


  • Head teacher's report


  • Any other urgent business


Nick Dean is our Chair of Governors


He is a co-opted Governor and can be contacted via the school office


Dawn Daly is a Foundation Governor and she is the Vice Chair


Nisha Gohel is a Parent Governor


Martyn Ball is a Parent Governor


The Rev'd Lisa Temperley-Barnes SCP is our Ex-officio Foundation Governor


Nathan Phillips


Andrew Garland is also a Foundation Governor


Laetitia Rocha


Jackie Jaques


Sarah Halsall is Staff Governor


Lisa Gilchrist is Head Teacher Governor







Paper copies of minutes from the governors meetings, are available, upon request, from the school office.


Please find minutes of previous meetings attached , our Instrument Of Government and a table of governor pecuniary or business interests.

  • St. Paul's CE Primary School
  • Meadow Road
  • Woodhouse Eaves
  • Loughborough
  • LE12 8SA
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01509 890483
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