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The Governing Board

The Governing Board has a size of 16 full governors plus associate members who attend meetings but have no voting rights. The composition consists: 6 governors elected by parents and carers of students at the school, 8 co-opted governors from outside the school, four co-opted governors elected by the school staff, and the Head Teacher. The Governing Board appoints co-opted and associate members, trying 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. Many of the co-opted governors have children at the school. 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.

Please read a blog written by Sarah Evans and David Mowbray here.

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: Michele Saffer

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 Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

In greater detail the Governing Board has the following core functions / responsibilities


Establishing the strategic direction, by:

  • Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school(s)/trust
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the Headteacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance managing the Headteacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

The Governing Board also contributes to other high level appointments and forms panels to consider permanent exclusions and staff grievances and discipline. Significant changes to staffing structure or the curriculum require governor approval. Governors monitor exam results and student attendance and behaviour. The Governing Board’s knowledge of the school is enhanced by a cycle of subject and pastoral support visits. 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, LGBT, 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.

School Links

Child Protection, Safeguarding & Online Safety: Jon Whittle 

SEN: Sarah Evans

Pupil Premium: Michele Saffer

Sixth Form: Simon Price

Governor Training: Jon Whittle and Jane Smith

Health and Safety: Cosma Williams

School Exclusions & Disciplinary Committees: Sarah Evans

Student Council: Cosma Williams

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