The Role of the Local Governing Body

The Local Governing Body (“LGB”) is a committee of the Directors of Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (“PDET”). Each LGB is established by the Directors in accordance with the Articles of Association of PDET, a copy of which is available on the PDET website. Governors are subject to the Scheme of Delegation allocated by the Directors. This document details the responsibilities of the LGB and its relationship with the Directors. (Click here to access the scheme).

For a detailed list of the status of governors including attendance at meetings and any pecuniary interests please click HERE

The Governing Body is the School’s accountable body.  It is responsible for the conduct of the School and for promoting high standards.  The Governing Body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being. Please click this link Pen-portraits for more information about current governors. 

The Chair of the Local Governing Body is Mr. Barry Hansford, he can be contacted by writing to him C/O the school or by email 

The main functions of the Governing Body

To set the strategic direction of the School by:

  • Setting the Ethos, Vision and Values for the School .
  • Agreeing the policy framework for achieving the school’s aims and objectives
  • Setting challenging targets
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure
  • Ensuring a Christian ethos
  • Ensuring appropriate Safeguarding policies and procedures are in place.

To challenge and support the School by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:

  • The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
  • Progress towards targets
  • The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
  • The budget and the staffing structure

To ensure accountability by:

  • Signing off the school’s own self-evaluation report after constructive review and challenge
  • Responding to Ofsted reports when necessary
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the performance of the school
  • Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
  • Making available information to the community

To appoint and performance manage the Headteacher who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the governing body.

For governing bodies to carry out their role effectively, governors must be:

  • Prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously;
  • Acknowledged as the accountable body by the lead professionals;
  • Supported by the appropriate authorities in that task; and
  • Willing and able to monitor and review their own performance.

The role of a governor:

  • Each Governor will act in the best interests of the Academy and of PDET at all times.
  • No Governor is to act or omit to act in a way which would be prejudicial to the interests of the Academy or PDET at any time, including any actions or omissions which might create bad publicity for the Academy or PDET.
  • The Governors must keep confidential all information of a confidential nature obtained by them relating to the Academy and/or PDET.
  • No governor can act on her/his own without proper authority from the full governing body;
  • All governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made, and
  • Although appointed by the Academy Trust Directors, the overriding concern of all governors has to be the welfare of the school as a whole.

Register of Governors’ Business Interest.

It is important that governors and staff act impartially. The governing body have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered. In addition all governors sign a declaration of pecuniary interest at the start of each academic year.

All Governors can be contacted via the school office either by email:  or by letter. Please mark your envelope private and confidential and it will be forwarded to the named Governor.