What we do

The Role of the Governing Body


What do we do?

Governors work together to provide an independent oversight of the management and operation of the school, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards. The school’s Governing Body does not run the school; this is the job of the Co-Principals and other senior staff.

Key Roles of Governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the Co-Principals to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • To hold the Co-Principals to account for the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school


We also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies


In order to do this, our governors gain knowledge of how the school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know the school community, for example, through a small number of visits during the school day.

How do we do it? The Governing body meet formally every 6-8 weeks. Meeting dates are usually set well in advance and meetings generally last between two and three hours. Governors are expected to be well prepared for these meetings and attendance is expected, with apologies only for good reasons. In between these formal meetings we have sub-committee meetings – at Temple Learning Academy we have three sub-committees;

The Resources and Risk Committee who discuss finance, personnel issues, and all matters relating to the buildings and site of the school. This is made up of; Tim Kitching; James Firth-Gieben& Martin Cosgrove – Chair.

The Standards Committee who oversee the school’s performance, the achievement of pupils and the quality of teaching. This is made up of Drew Rolands – Chair; Amanda Lightfoot; Nigel Wood; Olwyn Moss, Andrea Smith & Nneka Ikeogu.

The Performance Management Committee who oversee the performance of the teaching staff and joint principals. They ensure appropriate targets are set and met in order to achieve the best possible outcomes This is made up of Drew Rowlands; Martin Cosgrove & James Firth-Gieben – Chair.

The governing body are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of the school and it has an important part to play in raising school standards.