Governor Responsibilities


The governing body has specific roles and responsibilities in the following areas:

• the conduct of the school and standards of education; school governors must promote the wellbeing of pupils, promote community cohesion, have regard to the Local Authorities Children and Young Peoples’ Plan and have regard to parent’s views.

• delivery of the curriculum along with the headteacher and the Children and Young People’s Services Directorate

• admissions in consultation with the Children and Young People’s Services Directorate

• pupil discipline and attendance

• special educational needs (SEN)

• staff appointments, discipline, grievances etc .

• pay policy and review of staff salaries and gradings

• charging policies and lettings

• health and safety

• post-OfSTED inspection action plans

• equal opportunities

• reporting to parents

• information to parents, Children and Young People’s Service Directorate, pupils, Department for Education and Employment (DfES) etc.

• performance management


The Curriculum

The governing body:

• determines a policy for delivering a broad and balanced curriculum within the statutory requirements in consultation with the headteacher. This includes a policy on sex education.

• satisfies itself that requirements for the delivery and assessment of the National Curriculum (NC) are met and that Religious Education (RE) is provided

• ensures that appropriate monitoring arrangements are in place and that outcomes are being evaluated through reports from the headteacher.

Monitoring Performance

The governing body considers:

• How is our school currently performing?

• Are some parts of the school more effective than others? If so, why?

• Are some groups of pupils doing better than others? If so, why?

• How does the school's achievement now compare with its previous achievement?

• How does the school's performance compare with that of other schools?

Review the School Development Plan

The governing body reviews the school development plan and considers:

• Where are we trying to get to?

• Where are we now?

• How can we get from where we are now to where we want to be?

• What are the key priorities?

• Have we got the resources to do it?

• Who is responsible for doing what, and by when?

• How will we know if we have achieved our goals?

Finance and Budget

The governing body has ultimate responsibility for the school budget:

• discusses and adopts the budget

• agrees limits of delegation and the power to transfer between budget headings (virement)

• monitors expenditure against budget.

This responsibility is outlined fully by the DfES in the Financial Management Standard in Schools (FMSIS) –


The governing body:

• determines the staffing complement

• determines the overall procedures for appointing staff

• appoints headteacher and deputy and participates in other staff appointments as specified in the Appointment Procedure

• has procedures for the pay, conditions, discipline, suspension and dismissal of staff

• sets the pay for headteachers and deputies and adopts and implements a pay policy for all staff.


The governing body:

• approves the School Prospectus

• is responsible for ensuring the completion and publication of the school profile

• establishes clear procedures on various issues eg for dealing with exclusions

• draws up various policies eg on health and safety in school

• acts as a link between the school and the local community

• is represented at school functions.

Latest News

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    'Well done' & 'Thank you' to our Year 6 girls who organised the cake sale & non-uniform day in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. A fantastic £351.48 has been raised.
  • Alzheimer's Society Fundraising Day
    Some of our Year 6 Girls are holding a cake sale on Wednesday 19th June for Alzheimer's Society. Children can come to school dressed in white and blue clothing for a donation of £1. If you do not wish to donate, please come dressed in school uniform.
  • PTA School Discos - Update
    'Thank you' To everyone who supported the discos which took place on Friday 17th May. Both discos were very well attended with a record amount of £786.06 being raised for school funds.
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity Cake Sale - Update
    Well done & thank you to the Year 6 children who organised a cake sale on Wednesday 15th May; a fantastic £50.00 has been raised for the charity.
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity Cake Sale
    On Wednesday 15th May, 2019 some of our Year 6 children are holding a cake sale. Cakes will be on sale at morning break for a minimum donation of 20p per cake. We would be very grateful if donations of cakes can be brought in to school.
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Latest School Events

Year 6 Arthog Residential Visit15Jul2019

@ Arthog, Wales

Residential Visit for our Year 6 pupils.

Break up for the Summer Holiday19Jul2019

@ Mereside School

Last day of the Summer Term.

Year 6 Leavers Afternoon Tea with Parents & Carers19Jul2019

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Mereside School

An opportunity for our Year 6 pupils to celebrate and share their time at Mereside with Parents & Carers ; tea, coffee & cakes and a trip down memory lane.

PD Day22Jul2019

@ Mereside School

Staff training day; children are not in school.

Summer Holiday23Jul2019

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