A Short Guide to School Governing Bodies


The governing body works with the headteacher and the staff at the school to make sure that the school provides a good quality of education for all its pupils. Governors work in partnership with the headteacher to set the strategic direction of the school. The school governing body is akin to the Board of a company.

Governing bodies in schools are accountable for:

  • the use of public funds
  • the quality of education provide
  • the wider contribution of the school to the community

Governing body membership is a combination of appointed and elected governors; governors usually sign up for a four-year term of office after which they may be re-elected or re-appointed. The number and type of governors varies; we have12 governors.

The Legal Status of Governing Bodies

  • Governing bodies are set up by law as corporate bodies so the responsibility for the actions and decisions of the governing body lies with the whole governing body rather than individual members.
  • A governing body must act as a group. Individual governors cannot act on behalf of the governing body unless authorised to do so, or in special circumstances where emergency action is needed.
  • Individual governors are appointed or elected by specified bodies or groups but they are not delegates and are free to vote according to their own wishes.
  • Provided governors act within the scope of their functions and procedures, in accordance with the law and their instrument of government and with honesty and in good faith, individual governors will not be held liable if things go wrong as a result of the governing body’s decisions.

The Role of the Governing Body

The main aim of the governing body is to maintain and improve the quality of education and the standards of achievement at the school. The Governing Body has responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the school and for the standards achieved. A key role of the governing body is to challenge and support the school leaders, holding them to account for tackling weaknesses and further improving outcomes for all pupils.

The role of governors is:

  • to provide a strategic view
  • to act as a “critical friend”
  • to ensure accountability.

Statutory Duties of the Governing Body

There are some duties, laid down by law, that a Governing Body has a responsibility for;

  • promoting community cohesion,
  • ensuring the health, safety & wellbeing of staff & pupils
  • setting the school’s aims, objectives and policies
  • monitoring and evaluating the work of the school
  • drawing up the School Improvement Plan
  • drawing up a post-Ofsted action plan
  • setting and monitoring the school budget
  • ensuring that the national curriculum is in place
  • setting appropriate targets of achievement at Key Stage 1 & KS 2
  • ensuring inclusive practice relating to special educational needs, race, equality, disability and gender
  • ensuring the special educational needs of pupils are met
  • appointing the headteacher and deputy headteacher and determining how the appointment of other staff is managed
  • establishing a performance management policy for staff appraisal
  • establishing procedures for the management of staff conduct
  • model-of-governornance

Welcome To Our Governors


Chair & Foundation PCC Governor Vice Chairman and Foundation Diocesan Governor Foundation Bishops Governor Foundation PCC Governor
Mrs Anne Louise Moore
Term of office:15-08-17
to 14-08-21
Mr Andrew Dominic Nicoll
Term of office:4-7-18
to 5-7-22
Revd. Mark Capron
Term of office:12-7-20
to 13-7-24
Mrs Sarah Jane Bristow
Term of office: 29-09-17
to 30-9-21


 Foundation Diocesan Board Governor Staff Governor Foundation Diocesan Board Governor Headteacher
Mrs Hayley Minns
Term of office:17-10-17
to 18-10-21
Mrs Amy Jayne Taylor
Term of office: 18-4-18

Mr John Nicholson Oughtibridge

Term of office 12-01-18 to 11-1-22

Mr Sean Wright
Term of office: 31-08-18
to 31-08-22


Parent Governor LA Governor Foundation Diocesan Board Governor Parent Governor

Miss Nicole Simone Maclean Fisher

Term of office: 7-10-19 to 6-10-23

Mr Mathew Stuart Page
Term of office: 4-11-19 to 3-10-23



Annual Statement of the Governing Body Ingoldisthorpe Church of England VA Primary School Autumn 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

All the governors would like to welcome your children of all year groups back to school. At the moment classroon bubbles are no longer required which I am sure everyone is very happy about. It has been a difficult two years for all of us so it is great to be getting back to normal.

Governors will be able to have meetings face to face and be able to visit the school and attend school events.

I know the pandemic is not over so we may be required by government to reimpose restrictions but strongly hope this doesn't happen. We will continue to follow Government guidelines to keep your children safe and happy at school. School isn't the same without happy children mixing around the school buildings and grounds.

All our responsibilities are listed above. Minutes of our meetings are public documents and are available upon request from the office. If you have any questions about the work of the Governing Body please contact Mrs Jo Raby, Clerk to the Governors, via the office.

Anne Moore

Chair of Governors

Governor Responsibilities

Governor Responsibilities

Outcome and Data
Amy Taylor
Hayley Minns

John Oughtibridge
Leadership and Management
John Oughtibridge
Sarah Bristow

Andrew Nicoll
Personal Development and Welfare

Anne Moore
Andrew Nicoll
Rev Mark Capron

Quality of Learning

Matthew Page

Nicole Fisher


Safeguarding and SEND governor

Anne Moore


Health and Safety governor

Andrew Nicoll

Pecuniary Interests, Governance Roles & Relationships

Full Governors Meeting - Tuesday 15th September 2020:
No Pecuniary Interests were reported and governors completed the annual Register of Pecuniary Interest form.
Governance roles in other educational institutions: Rev Mark Capron is also a governor at Dersingham Primary School.

2018/19 Governor Attendance

Date of Meeting FGM 18.09.18 CCM 02.10.18 FCM 04.10.18 FGM 16.10.18 CCM 28.11.18 FCM 29.11.18 FGM 11.12.18 CCM 22.01.19 FCM 24.01.19 FGM 05.02.19 CCM 12.03.19 FCM 14.03.19 FGM 26.03.19 CCM 07.05.19 FCM 09.05.19 FGM 21.05.19 CCM 02.07.19 FCM 04.07.19 FGM 16.07.19
Attended by : J Raby A.Nicoll S Bristow A.Nicoll A.Nicoll S.Bristow A. Nicoll A.Nicoll S Wright B Marten A.Nicoll S. Bristow A.Nicoll A. Nicoll E. Snaith A Nicoll J. Oughtibridge S Wright S. Wright
  A.Nicoll J. Oughtibridge A. Moore S.Wright S.Wright S Wright J.Oughtibridge A. Taylor A. Moore J. Oughtibridge S.Wright Rev M Capron S.Wright S.Wright S Wright S.Wright A Nicoll S Bristow J. Oughtibridge
  S.Wright S.Wright S.Wright S.Bristow J. Oughtibridge A. Moore S.Wright S.Wright S Bristow S.Wright A.Moore A. Moore S.Bristow A Taylor S Bristow S.Bristow H. Minns K Bithray A. Taylor
  S.Bristow A.Moore (F. Nicoll) B Marten A.Moore (F Nicoll) A.Moore A.Moore (F. Nicoll) Rev M Capron A. Taylor S.Wright Rev M Capron H.Minns K.Bithray K. Bithray A. Taylor Rev M Capron S. Bristow
  k Bithray A. Taylor M. Capron Rev M Capron A. Taylor E Snaith C Greatorex C. Greatorex H Minns K Bithray H.Minns (F. Nicoll) H.Minns     A Taylor   ( F Nicoll) rev M. Capron
  M. Capron K Bithray       K. Bithray B Marten J. Oughtibridge   C Greatorex   K Bithray A.Moore     C. Greatorex   A. Moore H. Minns
  A. Taylor           S.Bristow     A. Taylor     J.Oughtibridge     A.Moore      
  J. Oughtibridge           A. Taylor     E.Snaith     A. Taylor     J Oughtibridge      
  H. Minns           Rev M Capron     A.Moore     E.Snaith            
                              J Raby J Raby      
  F.Nicoll Clerk F.Nicoll Clerk J Raby J Raby J Raby J Raby J Raby J Raby J Raby J Raby J Raby J Raby J Raby J Raby     J Raby J Raby J Raby
                  B Marten S Bristow C Greatorex B. Marten K Bithray J. Oughtibridge B. Marten Rev M Capron C. Greatorex B. Marten A. Nicoll
Apologies from: C. Greatorex H Minns B. Marten A. Moore C Greatoex M. Capron H Minns   Rev M. Capron H.Minns J. Oughtibridge   B Marten C Greatorex J. Oughtibridge H Minns A. Nicoll   E. Snaith
  B. Marten     A. Taylor   B. Marten     E. Snaith A.Nicoll     C Greatorex A. Moore M. Capron B Marten A. Moore   B. Marten
        K. Bithray                             K. Bithray
                                      A. Moore
                                      C. Greatorex