Our Governing Body

Woodborough Woods is a voluntary aided foundation school, within the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, which ensures that the religious character of the school is maintained. The school is funded through the Local Authority, although the governing body must pay at least 10% of the costs of any capital work.

The governing body is the school’s legally accountable body and, in the case of a voluntary aided school, is the admissions authority and employer of the staff. The governing body has three key functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of pupils as well as the effective and efficient performance management of staff;
  • and overseeing the financial performance of the school(s) and making sure that its money is well spent.

*In line with all voluntary aided foundation schools, the governors appointed by the foundation must outnumber all the other governors.

All governors are required to declare any and all pecuniary and business interests.

Governors also undertake a range of ‘link’ responsibilities, working closely with school staff who lead those areas.

Committees and Meetings

The governing body operates two main committees; membership (including the chair) is indicated above. There is a scheduled meeting of each committee and a meeting of the full governing body every term. Occasionally, extraordinary meetings of a committee or the full governing body will be called.

There are also some additional committees, for Admissions and Pay, that meet as required.

Approved minutes from all governing body meetings (including committees) are available on request via the school office. Please note that, because minutes are approved at the next meeting of that committee or of the full governing body, they are usually available the term after the meeting has taken place.

Contacting the Governing Body (including the Chair of Governors)

The governing body is always keen to hear from families or members of the local community. You can write to the governing body via the school office. However, it is important that, if you have a concern about the school, you seek to address this first with a member of staff or the Head Teacher in line with the school’s complaints policy (which is available on the policies page here).