Who are the governors?
As the school is part of the Downland Village Schools Federation (DVSF) it is governed by the DVSF’s single governing board (GB), although a local school committee for each DVSF school, which includes other local representatives as well as some of the DVSF governors, helps to safeguard the individual character of each school and advise the GB on local issues and sensitivities.
The role of the governors
The governing board is a group of volunteers who bring skills from a variety of backgrounds to support the school and its head teacher by:
The governors therefore provide strategic leadership and accountability in the school and they are responsible for appointing the executive headteacher and other senior leaders, who have the responsibility of running the schools.
The governors visit the schools frequently to keep in touch and to fulfil their legal responsibilities. They keep themselves informed by using professional information resources, by getting advice from experts and by attending training sessions organised by the county council and other organisations.
You can find out more about what governors do from the National Governors’ Association here.
Constitution of the governing body
As required by the government and agreed with the local authority (WSCC) and Diocese of Chichester, we have five kinds of governor:
We can also appoint (non-
As outlined above, some of the board members, with other local representatives, are also members of the local school committees, which protect the individual character of each school and advise the GB on local issues and sensitivities. These include the parent governor, head of school and local rector of each school.
DVSF board of governors details:
Local school committee:
Minutes of DVSF board of governors:
Minutes of local school committee meetings