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What does the Governing Body do?


The Governing Body provides strategic leadership and accountability in Yew Tree. It is not directly responsible for operational aspects or the day-to-day running of the school as this is delegated to the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team. The Governing Body has three key 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 set the aims and objectives for Yew Tree and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher. In action, this means:


  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school


Anybody who is part of our Governing Body must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 


Our Governors should also committed to their role and to young people; confident in having courageous conversations; curious with an enquiring mind; able to challenge the status quo to improve things; collaborative to build strong relationships; critical to improve their own work and that of the board; and creative in problem solving and being innovative.

How do I get involved?


Governors serve a term of office which means there are regular opportunities for parents/carers or other volunteers to become involved in the Governing Body. This is a volunteering role and governors are not paid for this responsibility.


The average time commitment is five to eight hours per month, although it will vary depending on the needs of the school and the specific role you take on within the Governing Body. This includes meetings, background reading and school visits. As well as full governing body meetings, yew Tree also had various committees and link governor roles which governors are asked to take on.


Like magistrates or members of a jury, school governors and trustees have a right to reasonable time off work for their public duties, although this may be unpaid. Your company’s HR department will be able to tell you about its policy.


If you are interested in becoming a member of our Governing Body then please keep an eye out for further information. Currently, there are NO VACANCIES at Yew Tree Primary School. However, you can register your interest, and sign up for a potential role at another school, with a service called Inspiring Governance. Full details are available by CLICKING HERE.