Governance Information

About the Governing Body
The Governing Body must exercise its functions with a view to fulfilling a largely strategic role in the running of the school. It establishes the strategic framework by: setting aims and objectives for the school; adopting policies for achieving those aims and objectives; setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives.

The governing body monitors and evaluates progress of its strategy and regularly reviews the framework for the school in the light of that progress. When establishing the strategic framework and reviewing progress, the governing body considers advice given by the Headteacher, Local Authority and other agencies.

The Governors, in partnership with school staff, draw up a School Improvement Plan, which provides the main mechanism for the strategic planning.

To carry out their responsibilities, governing bodies must hold at least three meetings per school year.

Meetings are convened by the clerk who takes directions from the Governing Body and the Chair. Part of the Agenda is set nationally, part by the Local Authority and part by the school itself.

Some Governors’ business is also conducted at Committee Meetings.

Orchard has 2 regular committees: ‘Management and Finance’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’. Each committee usually meets termly. All Governors on these committees have full voting rights.

There are also some committees that meet when required, for example: Complaints, Disciplinary, Performance Management, Pay and the School Improvement Working Party.

Governors visit the school regularly so that they kept are informed of all aspects of school life. Each Governor is responsible for a subject or ‘key’ area.

The Headteacher and Governing Body work in close partnership. The Headteacher discusses all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and expects the governing body to both challenge and support the school. Acting as a ‘critical friend’, the governing body offers support and constructive advice; governors question proposals and seek further information to enable them to make sound decisions.


Governors' Attendance
Please click on the link below to see our Governors Attendance for 2017/18:
Governors Attendance 2017-18.pdf


Governors Who Have Resigned in The Last Year
Governer         :    Paul Glover
Category         :    Co-Opted Governor
Term of Office:    21/03/2016 to 20/03/2020
Resigned         :    21/05/2018

Governer         :    Vanessa Jones (Chair of Governors)
Category         :    LA Governor
Term of Office:    18/11/2016 to 17/11/2020
Resigned         :    01/08/2018

Governer         :    Colin Burton
Category         :    Co-Opted Governor
Term of Office:    26/08/2015 to 25/08/2019
Resigned         :    30/10/2018


Governors' Code of Conduct
Please click on the link below to see our Code of Conduct for Governors at Orchard Primary School:
Governors Visiting and Code of Conduct 2018.pdf


To Contact the Governing Body
The Chair of Governors can be contacted via email:


Communicating with Parents
One of our priorities over the last year has been to improve the way that governors communicate with parents/carers.

Please click on the links below to read our newsletter to parents: Monthly Newsletters