Governance Information

About the Governing Body
The Governing Body must exercise its functions with a view to fulfilling a largely strategic role in the running of the school. It establishes the strategic framework by: setting aims and objectives for the school; adopting policies for achieving those aims and objectives; setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives.

The governing body monitors and evaluates the progress of its strategy and regularly reviews the framework for the school in light of that progress. When establishing the strategic framework and reviewing progress, the governing body considers advice given by the Headteacher, Local Authority and other agencies.

The Governors, in partnership with school staff, draw up a School Improvement Plan, which provides the main mechanism for the strategic planning.

To carry out their responsibilities, governing bodies must hold at least three meetings per school year.

Meetings are convened by the clerk who takes directions from the Governing Body and the Chair. Part of the Agenda is set nationally, part by the Local Authority and part by the school itself.

Some Governors’ business is also conducted at Committee Meetings.

Orchard has 2 regular committees: ‘Management and Finance’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’. Each committee usually meets termly. All Governors on these committees have full voting rights.

There are also some committees that meet when required, for example: Complaints, Disciplinary, Performance Management, Pay and the School Improvement Working Party.

Governors visit the school regularly so that they kept are informed of all aspects of school life. Each Governor is responsible for a subject or ‘key’ area.

The Headteacher and Governing Body work in close partnership. The Headteacher discusses all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and expects the governing body to both challenge and support the school. Acting as a ‘critical friend’, the governing body offers support and constructive advice; governors question proposals and seek further information to enable them to make sound decisions.


Committee's Terms of Reference
Please click on the links below to see our Committee's Term of Reference:
 Management & Finance Committee 2021-22.pdf
 Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee 2021-22.pdf


Governors' Attendance
Please clicks on the link below to see our Governors Attendance for:
 Governors Attendance Register 2018-19.pdf
 Governors Attendance Register 2019-20.pdf
 Governors Attendance Register 2020-21.pdf


Governors Who Have Resigned in The Last Year

Governor Position Term of Office Resigned
Mrs N Cutts Co-Opted Governor 08/11/2017 - 07/11/2021 07/11/2021


Governors' Code of Conduct
Please click on the link below to see our Code of Conduct for Governors at Orchard Primary School:
 Governors Visiting and Code of Conduct.pdf


To Contact the Governing Body
The Chair of Governors can be contacted via email: