The Role of Governors

In all types of schools, governing bodies have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the education performance of the school and it's pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it's money is well spent;

The school has a very supportive Governing Body.  Several governors hlep regularly in school.  Two governors are elected from amongst parents of children at the school.  These are currently Mike Heywood and Gemma Davies.  The Chair of the Governing Body is Linda Chamberlain who has close links to the school and our local church, St Paul the Apostle, Paddington Close, Salford.

'Governors know the school well and are fully involved in ensuring pupils' good achievement.' Ofsted 2014


Governors' Details
St. Paul’s C.E. Primary School Governing Body
(0161 736 6871 - Voluntary Aided)

The Governing Board works as a ‘whole team’, meeting seven times per year, once in each term and a business meeting at the start of the year, without any separate committees. An annual planner and agenda for each meeting will include all the tasks which the Governing Board is required to consider, and the Governing board will ‘commission’ assignments or activities arising from the business of the meeting, which will be recorded in the minutes. Any ‘commissioned’ working groups will have Governing board drafted agreed terms of reference.

In addition to ‘commissioning’ activities or actions on their behalf, the Governing board, in order to ensure its core functions are fulfilled, delegate monitoring responsibilities to individuals. These include the statutory required individual roles and those focused on the priorities of the School Plan.

In each case where a function has been delegated there is a statutory duty to report any action or recommended decision to the Governing board at the next meeting.
There are also separate disciplinary and appeals committees which are convened if they are required.

The different categories of governor on the St Paul’s board are:

parent governors who have a child in school at the time of their election, and are elected by the parents with children at the school;
foundation governors who are members of the parish church and elected by fellow members of the parochial church council;
staff governors who are members of staff at the school and are elected by their colleagues;
local authority(LA) governors who are nominated by the local councillor and appointed by the governing body;
• the Headteacher (HT) is also a member of the governing body by right of the position they hold in the school;
associate members are not actually governors. They do not have the right to vote at meetings of the full governing body but may be asked to attend meetings.


Chair of the Governing body - FoundationLinda Chamberlain
Vice Chair - FoundationAndrew Cartwright
Foundation GovernorCanon David Wyatt
LEAAnn Salt
Foundation GovernorMichael Whiting
Foundation GovernorRobert Johnsen
Parent GovernorGemma Louise Davies
Parent GovernorMichael Heywood
Staff GovernorRebecca Thorpe-Bamford
Foundation GovernorBen Jennings
Associate MemberJohn Moss
HeadteacherWendy Budsworth