Minerva Learning Trust


The Governing Board

The Governing Board currently consists of fifteen governors, comprising four governors elected by parents and carers of students at the school, eight co-opted governors from outside the school, two staff governors elected by the school staff, and the Head Teacher.

The Governing Board appoints co-opted members to try to ensure representation from all groups with children at the school and the wider community. Choices of co-opted governors are also made to ensure that the Governing Board has the full range of required skills. The term of office is four years with the exception of the Headteacher.

The current chair is Sarah Evans, if you would like to contact the Chair of Governors, please do so by letter to the school address.

Lead Governors

Lead Governors are the key link between governors and specific vital areas of school leadership. We currently have three lead governors for the following areas:

  • Safeguarding Lead Governor: Jon Whittle
  • Vulnerable Groups Lead Governor: David Mowbray
  • SEND Lead Governor: Sarah Evans

Remit of the Governing Board

The overarching functions and responsibility of High Storrs’ Governing Board are those set out in the DfE Governance Handbook under ‘The essentials of effective governance’

All boards, whether in the maintained or academy sector and no matter how many schools they are responsible for, have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Senior Leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the effective spend of additional funding of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors monitor exam results, student attendance and behaviour. The Governor Boards knowledge of the school is enhanced by oversight visits and Governors undertake regular CPD. Each house has a link Governor who attends Celebration of Success events. There are also link Governors covering the following: Child Protection and Safeguarding, Health and Safety, LGBTQIA+, SEN and the School Council.  

The Governing Board was reconstituted in April 2015 and terms of office for co-opted governors were reset to start on this date. Please find the list of Pecuniary Interests below.

If you have any enquiries for Governing Board at High Storrs, please contact Rachel Farthing or send in a letter via the post marked for the attention of Sarah Evans, Chair of Governors.

Are you interested in becoming a School Governor in the Minerva Learning Trust? 

We’re currently recruiting local governors to help shape the future of our family of primary schools. Being a school governor is a challenging but extremely rewarding role. 

Find out more here