Martin Primary School


The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic leadership, accountability, support and challenge to ensure that the school fulfils its aims.


Each individual governor is a member of the Governing Body which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently; all decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Body. 


The key functions of the Governing Body are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend).


We have a total complement of 15 Governors made up of:

  • six parent governors
  • six co-opted governors
  • one Local Authority nominated Governor
  • one staff governor
  • the headteacher.


Parent, LA and staff governors serve for four years and co-opted governors have a two year term of office.  In addition the Governing Body can appoint associate governors who have a two year term and have restricted voting rights.


The Full Governing Body meets at least twice each term, once for training and once for the considerations of al Governing Body business matters.  In addition much of the business is conducted through on of our three committees which meet at least once every term.  They are:

  • Finance and Resources
  • Wellbeing and Community
  • Standards and Achievement


A Pay Committee also meets as and when required.


We also operate a system of link governors where individual governors take on responsibility for specific subject areas, such as Special Educational Needs and Disability.


The Chair and Vice Chair of Governors also meet regularly with the headteacher to discuss and resolve issues as they arise.


Minutes of the Governing Body meetings are available on request from the school office.


If you would like to contact the Chair of the Governing Body please call the school office or send an email to: