The Governing Body

Meadowhead School's Governing Body

The Purpose of the Governing Body

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

The Main Roles of the Governing Body

To provide a Strategic View:

The Governing Body has important powers and duties but limited time and resources, so it will focus on where it can add most value.  That is in helping to decide the school’s strategy for improvement so that pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards.

The Governing Body will help to set, and keep under review, the broad framework within which the Headteacher and staff should run the school.

In all its work, the Governing Body will focus on the key issues of raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning

To Act as a Critical Friend:

The Governing Body also provides the Headteacher and staff with support, advice and information, drawing on its members’ knowledge and experience.  In these ways the Governing Body acts as a critical friend to the school.

Critical in the sense of its responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the school’s effectiveness, asking challenging questions, and pressing for improvement; a friend because it exists to promote the interests of the school and its pupils.

To Ensure Accountability:

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring good quality education in the school.

The Headteacher and staff report to the Governing Body on the school’s performance.

It is not the role of Governors simply to rubber-stamp every decision of the Headteacher.

The Governing Body has a right to discuss, question and refine proposals – whilst always respecting the professional roles of the Headteacher and other staff, and their responsibilities for the management of the school.  In its turn the Governing Body answers for its actions, above all to parents and the wider local community, for the school’s overall performance.

The Governing Body

The Governing Body of Meadowhead School consists of elected Parent Governors, elected Staff Governors, Community Governors appointed by the Governing Body, and Foundation/Trust Governors who are appointed by the Meadowhead Community Learning Trust (MCLT). 

Members of the Senior Leadership Team attend meetings as Associates; they have no rights to vote.

It is a democratic body that meets once each term as a full governing body and much of the operational work is done via the three smaller committees: Pupil, Teaching & Achievement, and Finance & Resources.

Governors are committed to supporting the school in its attempts to consistently improve the quality of the education offered to Meadowhead students and raise standards of student performance. This is done by providing strategic direction, acting as a critical friend and accepting accountability for the performance of the school.

To Contact a Governor
Governors can be contacted via Sue Hays (Clerk to Governors) at:

Instrument of Government


1.       The name of the school is Meadowhead School Academy Trust

2.       The school is an academy

3.       The name of the Governing Body is “the Governing Body of Meadowhead School Academy Trust”

4.       The Governing Body shall consist of:

i)        7 Community Governors;

ii)       7 Parent Governors;

iii)      2 Foundation/Trust Governors appointed by the MCLT;

iv)      3 Staff Governors;

v)      Up to 3 Co-opted Governors appointed by Governors who have not themselves been so appointed.

5.       The term of office for all Governors is four years

6.       The Instrument of Government came into effect on 1 September 2012.

7.       A copy of the Instrument of Government must be supplied to every member of the Governing Body