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The Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section

Our school is governed, in accordance with the Instrument of Government, by a Governing Board of 13 members comprising:


3 Foundation Governors - appointed by the Church

4 Parent Governors - elected by Parents

1 Headteacher Governor

1 Staff Governor - elected by School Staff

1 Local Authority Governor - appointed by the Local Authority

3 Co-opted Governors - elected by the Governing Board based on their skills


Each Governor serves a term for four years. Parents will be informed of the procedure for election of Parent Governors when appropriate.

Please find below details of how our Governing Board is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor as well as details of Governor Interests for your information.

Governors Terms of Reference

A Welcome from our Chair


 “Encourage one another and build each other up” - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

At St Chad’s C of E First School, Governors, staff, families and children work together in a happy, creative and high attaining environment; with our core Christian values of Joy, Peace, Hope, Wisdom, Dignity and Community underpinning everything that we do.

The Governing Board is involved with our school at every level and provide strategic leadership and accountability. We have three core functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

Governors are volunteers who meet at least one per term as a full board. In addition, each Governor sits on at least one committee, of which there are two which meet regularly: Resources and Facilities Committee and Raising Achievements Committee.  Through our meetings and regular visits in to school we have strategic oversight of safeguarding, curriculum, finance, premises management and staff appointments. Governors consider our most important role to be the education, safety and welfare of our pupils.


We monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school, its budget and its policies; and hold the school to account for the educational performance of our learners. Our role is to support and encourage our Headteacher, subject leaders and all staff to ensure that every one of our children has access to an enriched, highest quality education, a safe and nurturing learning environment and to all the opportunities that they deserve.


We are a happy school filled with smiling, confident children. The children achieve high standards across the curriculum. We are justifiably very proud of them and would encourage anyone considering a place at St Chad’s for their child to make an appointment to discover for yourself everything we have to offer your child.


The National Governors Association proposes that a fourth core function is added to school governance, which is ‘ensuring effective engagement with stakeholders’. At St Chad’s we do this through regular parental surveys, attending events, speaking with children during our visits, linking with subject leaders and listening to their views and through our strong links with St Chad’s Church.


We are committed to bringing real changes to the lives of our children. Minutes of the Governors meetings are available for reviewing upon request by contacting the school office. If you wish to contact me, my email is


Jessica Shulman

Chair of Governors