The Role of the Governing Body

All schools in England have to have a governing body and its role is set out in law. The main functions of the Governing Body are:

  • To set the strategic direction of the school;
  • To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school
  • To ensure good use of the schools financial resources.

Our Vision

We want our School to be Outstanding; to be a School where everyone is able to achieve their best,  feel safe and enjoy learning.

About Our Governing Body

There are 10 places on the Governing Body for Fairstead;

  • 2 staff members
  • 1 Local authority appointee
  • 2 parent governors
  • 5 co-opted governors

As we are a small governing body we have a simple structure; the full governing body meets at least once a term and we also have termly committee meetings Finance & Resources and Standards and Monitoring. The performance meetings are used to monitor,  evaluate, adapt and develop the School Improvement Plan.  In addition to these 2 meetings we have a staffing committee and a Head Teacher performance management committee.

Each Governor brings valuable experiences, skills and knowledge to their role. To make the most of this expertise and to support the school, Head Teacher and senior leadership team as best we can each governor has 2 portfolio or link governor roles.

Governors Area of responsibility can be found here

For example we have a link Governor for SEN-D, Safeguarding, Finance and Inclusion.  When visiting the school Governors have the opportunity to better understand how the school works and see for themselves how funding, interventions and polices agreed by the Governing Body are being put into action.

Further details can be found in the document; Governing Body Terms of Reference and Governors Code of Conduct 

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents if you wish to contact us please email: Vicky Etheridge, Chair of the Governing Body



Contact Us

Headteacher: Daniel Farthing
Address: William Booth Road
Kings Lynn
PE30 4RR

Tel: 01553 774666


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