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Adel Primary School Governing Body

School governors play a vital part in the success of schools. They are volunteers who work with the Headteacher and with the Local Authority, to improve standards in their school. Ofsted, the national body that inspects schools, have been placing increasing emphasis on good governance as a key element in the effectiveness of a school. They provide both challenge and support to the Headteacher, taking the role of a 'critical friend'.

The core functions of the governing body are:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Adel Primary School Governing Body comprises seven Co-opted Governors, two Parent Governors, one Local Authority Governor and one Staff Governor and the Headteacher, who is a governor by virtue of her position.

Parent Governors: Parents, including carers, of a child at the school, elected by the parent body.

Staff Governors: Teaching or support staff, elected by the staff. The Headteacher is also a staff governor.

Local Authority Governors: Appointed by the local authority from a political party or the community.

Co-opted Governors: These are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests. They are expected to be committed to the good governance and success of the school even if they do not work or live close to it.


Governing bodies may also appoint non-voting Associate Members because of specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.


The term of office for all Governors other than the Headteacher is 4 years, although a Governor may choose to resign prior to the end of her or his term. Parent and Staff Governors are appointed by election. The Governing Body appoints Co-opted Governors. The Local Authority governor is nominated by the school and is ratified by the County Councillor for the ward in which the school is located.


Governors are able to resign from their position by providing written notice to the Clerk to Governors. The Governing Body also has the right to remove a Governor if she or he has not attended meetings of the Governing Body for a period of 6 months without the agreement of the other governors, and the Governing Body resolves that the position is to be vacated.

The Full Governing Body meets at least once each term. Major parts of the work of the Governing Body are dealt with in Committees. The sub-committees are the Teaching and Learning Committee, Pupil Support Committee and the Resources Committee. The Terms of Reference of these committees are shown below. Other Committees are the Pay Committee and the Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee.


The minutes of each Full Governing Body meeting are available in paper format from the School Reception. Please do ask at the School Office if you would like a copy.

The Governing Body can be contacted via the Chair, c/o the School Office.

Meet our Governors