Sir James Smith's School


Introduction to governance at Sir Jim’s

The governing body plays a crucial role in the development of our school and needs to be regarded as an integral part of school leadership. Our governors understand there is a relationship between good governance and the quality of leadership and management, as well as the quality of teaching and students’ achievements. They also understand that governing bodies need to be fit for the future not to represent the best of the past.

Their principal functions are strategic and include: 

  • Setting the ethos of the school

  • Promoting the education, development and wider wellbeing of the children on the school roll

  • Driving continuous improvement

  • Supporting, challenging and holding to account the head teacher and other members of the school leadership team

  • Partnership working with other schools and agencies to promote the education, development and wider well-being of all children in the area

  • Supporting the needs of the wider community 

Reference ‘The 21st Century School: Implications and Challenges for Governing Bodies’.


The Governing Board of Sir James Smith's Community School has 12 members - 5 Parent Governors, 1 Staff Governor, 1 Local Authority appointed Governor, 2 Co-opted Governors, 2 Foundation Governors (who represent the Trust) and the Headteacher.  They meet twice a term for formal meetings and a number of committees and working parties meet at other times.  Governors are also linked to subjects and meet with the Subject Leader and students throughout the year to discuss issues about the subject and the rest of school.

The role of the Governors is to support the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team in their vision of how Sir Jim’s should continually improve and to hold them to account for how the students are educated and the school is managed.  We bring a large range of experience as parents, members of the local community and workers in the wider business community to the school and hope that we can use this to the benefit of the students, the school and the communities it is rooted in.

If you are interested in supporting the school in this way, please contact, Judith Knock, Clerk to the Governors at the school.  If you would like to be involved in a less formal way, please ask for details of joining one of the constituencies of the Co-operative Learning Trust and become a "Stakeholder" in the future education of children in this area. 

For further details regarding Governor Commitments, please click here.

For further details about the Trust, please click here.




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