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Cotham Gardens Primary School

A Co-operative Academy

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What does the governing body do?

  • The governing body sets the overall strategic vision for the school

  • The headteacher manages the school from day to day and is the governing body's principal professional adviser; assisting the Governing Body with the formulation and implementation of the school’s aims, objectives, policies and plans

  • Governors hold the school to account by acting as a "critical friend", providing support and challenge to ensure the strategic vision is on track

How are the governors organised at Cotham Gardens Primary?

The Full Governing Body meets at least four times a year, and is responsible for:

  • setting the school vision and objectives
  • governor elections and governing body constitution
  • holding the Headteacher's reports to account
  • reviewing and approving school policies
  • regular self evaluation

Three sub-committees report to the Full Governing Body:

The Outcomes Committee is responsible for:

  • monitoring and evaluating attainment and the quality of learning
  • identifying and celebrating pupil achievement
  • monitoring and evaluating curriculum provision
  • ensuring that the requirements for pupils with special educational needs are met
  • setting pupil performance targets

The Finance and Staffing Committee is responsible for:

  • determining the yearly budget and expenditure
  • staffing issues and relevant policies, including pay, appointments and performance management

The Premises Committee is responsible for:

  • the occupation, use and the upkeep of the school premises
  • ensuring that the school and all occupants are safe, including risk assessments and regular health and safety reviews 

Additional sub committees are set up as required and report into the relevant Committees and the Full Governing Body.

Current sub committees:

  • Strategic Vision Working Group

Governor Monitoring

Governors undertake a programme of monitoring as part of holding the school’s management to account. This is dictated by the priority areas set out in the school development plan for the year.

Link governors are appointed for each area and work with the corresponding lead teachers.

Monitoring can take several forms including talking to children about a particular aspect of their work, classroom visits, attending assemblies, book sampling, or simply meeting with staff for an update.

These activities help governors to appreciate and understand the workings of the school and to get to know staff and children which helps them to provide focused support and challenge, - ie: to perform the role of “critical friend” as effectively as possible.

Contacting Governors

Governors can be reached on or via the school office


All complaints should be addressed to school management in the first instance

If unresolved at school, you may choose to involve the governing body.

Please follow the school’s official complaints procedure

Full complaints policy