Lawefield Primary School has a dedicated and committed governing body with a range of duties and responsibilities.

What does the Governing Body do?

As Governors, we are responsible for a number of areas including attainment, finance, policies and procedures. Our role involves working closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure children get the best possible education to enable them to reach their full potential, in an environment where they feel safe, valued and learning is fun.


Our main functions are to:

  • help set aims and objectives of the school;
  • help to ensure our policies and procedures are relevant and achieve their objectives;
  • set targets to monitor the progress of the school to ensure it is meeting its aims and objectives; and
  • be a critical friend to the school and provide a source of challenge and support. 


The Governing Body structure comprises of 11 Governors:

  • 1 LA Governor
  • 5 Co-opted Governors
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 4 Staff Governor
  • The Headteacher 

As well as the main governing body meetings we also have a number of Governor Committees that meet every half term.

The overall purpose of the Policies and Standards Committee is to:

  • monitor standards achieved by pupils and help them achieve more;
  • monitor the school's success in promoting inclusion;
  • ensure that the school development plan is focused on appropriate priorities for raising standards at the school; and
  • ensure that policies are reviewed on a regular basis to promote improved standards and contain appropriate targets/success criteria.


The overall purpose of the Resources Committee is to:

  • contribute to, monitoring and evaluating parts of the self-evaluation summary, the school development plan and policies relating to resources issues, reporting or making recommendations to the full Governing Body;
  • consider recommendations from relevant external reviews for example audit, Ofsted or local authority review, to agree the actions needed to address any issues identified and to monitor and evaluate regularly the implementation of any plan agreed, reporting or making recommendations to the full governing body;
  • act as a personnel and pay committee by making decisions on behalf of the Governing Body relating to individual members of staff, as set out in the Governing Body's personnel policies and procedures; and
  • take appropriate action on any other relevant matter referred by the Governing Body.


The overall purpose of the Headteacher Performance Management Working Group is to carry out the Governing Body's statutory responsibilities for the Performance Management of the Headteacher.


The overall purpose of the Secondary Committee is to:

  • hear personnel appeals;
  • consider complaints;
  • review pupil exclusions; and
  • take appropriate action on any other relevant matter referred by the Governing Body.

A document detailing the Governing Body terms of reference can be found here.