Governance Information

About the Governing Body
As part of the Symphony Learning Trust, please visit the Trust website ( for more information on governance at Trust level.

The Local 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 local policies for achieving those aims and objectives; setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives.

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

The Governors, in partnership with school staff, draw up a Strategic Core 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.

Orchard Community Primary has committees that convene when required, for example: Complaints, Disciplinary, Performance Management, Pay and the School Improvement Working Party.

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

The Headteacher, Local Governing Body and Trust work in close partnership. The Headteacher discusses all the main aspects of school life with the local 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 governor's Attendance for:
 Governors Attendance Register 2021-22.pdf
 Governors Attendance Register 2022-23.pdf


Governors Who Have Resigned in The Last Year

Governor Position Term of Office Resigned
Mrs Elyse Wakelin Community Governor 31/02/2021 - 31/01/2025 26/06/2023
Mr Luke Green Parent Governor 21/05/2021 - 20/05/2025 23/03/2023
Mr Scott Blackwell Co-Opted Governor 08/07/2019 - 07/07/2023 12/09/2022
Mr James Scholter Parent 08/07/2019 - 07/07/2023 21/09/2022
Mr Paul Strickland Co-Opted Governor 04/06/2023 - 03/06/2027 01/11/2023


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.pdf


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