Old Sodbury Church Of England Primary

"Let your light shine" Matthew 5:16

Welcome to the Governors' Pages

The Governors' webpages are intended to explain what the Role of the Governors involves, introduce you to who our Governors are and detail what their individual roles and responsibilities are. 


The role of the Governing Body is to:

Work in partnership with the school to ensure it gives every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential. They do this by supporting the school’s decision making and by holding the school to account.


  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school.
  • Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent.

The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher though some Governors are allocated specific responsibilities by the Governing Body. Much of the work is undertaken through meetings of the Business and Education committees.  The scope of the powers and duties of the Governing Body include: 


  • Setting budgets 
  • Curriculum
  • Staffing and performance
  • Target setting and standards 
  • Admissions, Discipline and exclusions Policy       

The Governing Body organises itself into committees to focus on specific topics.

The Full Governing Body

This consists of all Governors and meets once every term, or 6 times a year.

The Governors are all volunteers who bring their skills from a variety of backgrounds supplemented by comprehensive training which is organised by the Local Authority.

The members of the Governing Body each have different areas to focus on such as Attendance, Health and Safety and SENCO. 

We also have Governors responsible for the curriculum subjects and as part of this we visit the school to observe the work that is being done and to check that we comply with the government rules on what has to be taught.  

Education Committee.

In this committee we look at the whole school experience of the children.  As well as their learning experience we look at the pastoral care that they receive and the overall school experience including clubs and trips. 

Our aim as Governors is to ensure that every child has a rich school experience. Within that we monitor attainment levels, to make sure that children are making progress towards their targets and we also look at the way in which the curriculum is delivered, so learning can be made more interesting, and assessing the data available to the school to monitor progress and achievement.

The Education Committee considers the School’s provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented children.  In addition, we have the responsibility for setting policies which cover this area. 

We also oversee recruitment to ensure that we have sufficient well qualified staff to teach the children and ensure the safeguarding of our children. We also monitor the wellbeing of staff and pupils.

Business Committee.

The business committee is responsible for the financial management of the school, setting the budget and monitoring progress of spending throughout the year, monitoring specific funds allocated to, for example pupil premium.

The Business Committee also has responsibility for Health and Safety and maintaining the fabric of the building.  It maintains the policies relating to this area.

Other areas covered include setting and monitoring the performance management objectives for the Headteacher and approving salary adjustments for staff.