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ABOUT Governance

According to the Education Act 2002, the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to 'conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school'.

In order to achieve this the governing body at Sutton Benger Primary School have a strong focus on three core functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the executive headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Effective governance is crucial to the Schools success. It provides confident, strategic leadership to the School and creates robust accountability, oversight and assurance for their educational and financial performance. The key elements of effective governance are set out in the Governance Handbook,  and can be summarised as:

  • Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy;
  • Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance
  • People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity;
  • Structures which reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities;
  • Compliance with statutory and contractual requirement; and
  • Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance. 


Key Governance Documentation:  

Instrument of Government (executed October 2017) 

The Instrument of Government is the legal document for Sutton Benger Primary that records the constitution of the governing body and term of office for each category of governor, as well as the name of the school.

Governors and Associates of Sutton Benger Primary School 2017-18

Provides information on current governors, their term's of office and the committees of which they are members.  

 Scheme of Delegation 2017-18 

The Scheme of Delegation sets out clearly the responsibilities and extent of authority to the Schools key committees, working groups and individuals when acting within the framework of the policies formulated by the Governing Body. It clarifies who does what - especially in relation to the Headteacher and Governors. 

 Register of Business Interests 2017-18 

The Register of Business Interests is a register of pecuniary interests which is maintained by the school, indicating for all Governors and the Headteacher any business interests (their own and those of any member of their immediate family). The register enables governors to demonstrate that in spending public money they do not benefit personally from decisions they make. 

 Governance Handbook for Governors of Maintained Schools (2017)

The 'Governance handbook' is department advice from the Department of Education. It sets out the governments vision and prioritises for effective school governance, and outlines the core role and functions of the board of governors in Sutton Benger Primary School.

A Competency Framework for Governance (2017)

This document sets out the competencies needed for effective governance. It is non-statutory guidance and should be read alongside the Governance Handbook for Governors of Maintained Schools (2017), particularly the section explaining the key features of effective governance. 

 School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012

All governing bodies of maintained schools are required to be constituted under the School Governance (Constitution)(England) Regulations 2012.

School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2017 Statutory Guidance

This is statutory guidance from the Department of Education on the constitution of governing bodies and their size, membership and skills. It explains the arrangements for the constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools constituted under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012.  

Keeping Children Safe in education (September 2016)

This document explains what schools must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Ofsted Handbook (Section 5)

Ofsted Handbook (Section 8)

The Ofsted school inspection handbooks describe the main activities undertaken during inspections of schools in England. They are an essential tool for governors looking to understand what Ofsted expects from schools, including what it expects from governance.


Academisation Material:

Multi Academy Trusts - Good Practice Guidance (2016)

This document provides a framework which helps trusts at all stages of their development learn from other trusts. It sets out what we know about the characteristics of successful academy trusts, and the barriers that they will need to overcome in order to secure their on-going success. 

Guidance Paper - Forming or Joining a Group of Schools: staying in control of your school's destiny (2015)

This guidance paper is for governors as they consider whether to form or join federations of multi-academy trusts. Information highlighting the different ways schools can form partnerships will provide assistance during the decision-making process and, ultimately, enable schools to remain in control of their destiny.