What is a governing body?

A school's governing body is a corporate body.  This means it has a legal existence separate from that of its individual members.

What is the role of the governing body?

The governing body act on behalf of the Academy Trust and the key responsibilities are:

The Department for Education (DFE) sets out information on the role of the governing bodies in the Governor's Handbook.  It says:

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on the core strategic function:

In other guidance the DfE explains that the purpose of the governing body is:

Governance and Management

Governance is strategic and management is operational.  This distinction between governance and management needs to be clearly understood by all, so that governors are not asked to, and do not try to, involve themselves in day to day management.

Governors are there to govern, not to carry out other work on a pro-bono basis.  School leaders must not be micro-managed.  The governors should concentrate on matters related to strategy and school improvement, delegating to school leaders those tasks which are operational (for example, drafting policies, making judgements about teaching quality, and recruiting and deploying staff below senior leadership level).  The agenda of governing bodies should be driven by the strategic planning cycle.

Who can become a school governor?

All types of people can become school governors, with the exception of anyone disqualified on the basis of child protection requirements, bankruptcy restrictions or recent criminal convictions. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 years of age or over.
Enthusiasm, commitment, an interest in education and team work are important qualities. You don't need to have a child at the school.
Schools particularly welcome new governors who have transferable skills developed at work, such as business, finance or human resource skills. As a new governor, you would usually be appointed to the Board of Governors of a school within your local community.Becoming a governor is a way of contributing to your local school amd learning new skills.

You can apply to be a governor via the Department of Education's website, by clicking here, or you can express your interest via the PCC at St.Chad's Parish Church, Far Headingley.

Who we are

A strong, well-led governing body, supportive of the school, its teachers and its mission makes an important contribution to the school's wellbeing and effectiveness. Being a governor is a major piece of Christian and community service. No one should undertake the role lightly. It involves time, energy and a willingness to become involved in the life of the school on a regular basis over at least four years.

Andie Wilson (Co-Chair) - Co-Opted Governor

Term: 1 October 2020-30 September 2024

Richard Gibson (Co-Chair)- Parent Governor

Term: 25th May 2018 - 24th May 2022

Ian Renard (Vice Chair) - Trust Appointed Governor

Term: 12th November 2018 - 11th November 2022

Angela McHale- Ex-Officio (Headteacher)

Vacancy - Co-Opted Governor

Term: 12th March 2020 - 11th March 2024

Mark Bellamy - Parent Governor

Term: 1st November 2017 - 31st October 2021

Rev. Hannah Lievesley – Ex-Officio (Incumbent)

Paula Michaud - Staff Governor

Sophie Hirlam - Staff Governor

Dave Gorton - Trust Appointed Governor

Term: 21st January 2019 - 20th January 2023

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St Chads C of E Primary School

Northolme Avenue
West Park
LS16 5QR

Tel: 0113 274 7110

Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
Registered Company Number: 07705552