The Governing Board

The Downley School Governing Board is currently made up of 12 Governors who are unpaid volunteers appointed to work with the school's Senior Leadership Team. You can find out more about the Governors here

Governors’ statutory guidance requires the Board of Governors to operate at a STRATEGIC level, leaving the Headteacher and Senior School Leaders responsible and accountable to it for the OPERATIONAL DAY-TO-DAY running of the school.

As well as the statutory obligations such as safeguarding, Governors’ work focuses strongly on 3 core functions:

        1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school

        2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance                   management of staff

        3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

To gain an understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses and support school improvement, Governors:

        -  make regular visits to school

        -  conduct surveys of the pupils, staff and parents/carers

        -  examine key management information and reports

        -  set and review policies

        -  compare data and best practice with other schools

        -  are organised into Committees that focus on specific areas such as Curriculum, and Link Governors that focus on specific areas such as                     Literacy or Child Protection (see committee remits below)

        -  contribute actively to discussions, ask questions and challenge practises

        -  attend training and build collaborations with other schools to share good practise to enable us to perform our duties to the best of our                  ability

Ultimately, Governors must act in the best interests of the children to ensure that every child is given opportunities and encouragement to achieve his or her maximum potential in all aspects of school life, in an environment where the school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The Governing Board works with School Leaders to set short and medium priorities and targets for the school in the annual School Development Plan.  Governors continually monitor and evaluate progress on these priorities. However, with a longer term view, given the financial challenges that schools currently face, a key issue that the Governors and School Leaders are currently addressing is:

'Keeping Our School Outstanding' (KOSO) - not just 'outstanding' as defined by Ofsted; we want everyone that experiences our school to have an outstanding experience and for The Downley School to be recognised by pupils, parents/carers and the community at large as an outstanding school. You can find out more information about this campaign here

To contact the Governors with ideas, offers of support or questions please email:

And it is always helpful for Governors to hear the views of parents/carers, it helps us to know where the school is doing well and where we may have areas for improvement or development, so please do complete the Ofsted Parentview survey:

To find out more about the governors activities, please see the newsletters below.

And, lastly if you are interested in becoming a Governor, find out more here

  1. TDS Co-opted Governor Advert Jan 18
  2. Core functions of the Governing Body
  3. 2017-18 Committee remits
  4. Feedback form
  5. 2017-18 Spring - Governor newsletter final
  6. 2016-17 Summer - Governor newsletter Jul 17
  7. 2016-17 Autumn - Governor newsletter Dec 16
  8. 2015-16 Summer - Governor newsletter Jun 16
  9. 2015-16 Spring - Governor newsletter Mar 16