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The Local Governing Body at OWPS

Local School Governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. No special qualifications are required, but enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are important qualities to bring to a governor post.

The Local Governing Body has a legal responsibility to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.

Local Governors work in partnership with the Headteacher and other school staff to promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.

Orton Wistow has a thriving, active Local Governing Body that works in close partnership with the staff to ensure the continued success of the school. Our Governing Body is made up of a diverse group of people who perform different roles. These roles are outlined in the table below.

The Governing Body meets regularly throughout the school year as a Full Committee, Sub-Committees, and Working Parties.

Types of Governors in a Multi-Academy Trust

Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected by and from the parents of registered pupils at the school. The school will advise parents when there are vacancies.

Staff Governors

Staff governors are elected by the staff at the school. They cease to hold office when they cease to work at the school. At Orton Wistow Primary School the Headteacher has chosen to be a governor.

MAT Governors

These appointments are made at MAT schools to represent the local community and can include parents of children at the school. MAT Schools can advise when the next vacancy will occur and can register interests. They must have the skills required to contribute to the effectiveness of the governing body

Associate Members

Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote. They should be appointed because of specific expertise and experience that they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

The Governance Handbook

The Governance handbook is guidance from the Department for Education (‘the department’). It sets out the government’s vision and priorities for effective school and trust governance by:

  • outlining the core role and functions of the governing board
  • summarising and providing a first point of reference on all the legal duties on boards,  signposting to more detailed information, guidance and resources
  • providing information on the support available to boards to be effective.

The Governance Handbook is available to download below.