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St James

Primary School

Where children shoot for the stars and shine


St James Primary School




Who are school Governors?


Governors are one of the largest teams of volunteers in the UK and have an important role to play in raising school standards. All school governors have a drive to make a positive contribution to the children’s education and experience at St. James.


The school governors provide a balanced set of skills, come from a variety of backgrounds with representatives drawn from the local community, staff and parents/guardians of children within the school. Although not a church school, we feel that it important to also include local church representatives on our governing body. These members bring a wide range of skills and expertise to challenge and support school improvement.


All governors are committed to always working in the very best interests of the pupils.


What is the role of the Governors?


The strategic role of school governors is set out in The School Governance Regulations 2013. “Governors Handbook” produced by the Department of Education. The Governing Body should;


  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Operate in such a way that statutory duties are met and priorities are approved
  • Provide challenge and hold the headteacher and senior management team to account for improving the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement, behaviour and safety
  • Use performance management systems across all elements of the school to improve leadership, teaching and management
  • Support and strengthen the school leadership
  • Contribute to the school’s self-evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses
  • Engage with key stakeholders and the wider community
  • Ensure a sound financial approach exists and is managed effectively
  • Use the pupil premium and other sources to overcome barriers to learning including reading, writing and mathematics.


Governors are required by law to act with integrity, objectivity and in the best interests of the school at all times.


How does the Governing body operate?


St James has a Governing Board. Governors meet 8 times each year as a Full Governing Board to discuss issues affecting the strategic direction of the school. During these meetings current issues are discussed, decisions are made and policies are agreed. Actions are set to be undertaken between meetings by sub-groups or individuals who then report back to the next full governors meeting. As a Governing Board, there are no committees. There are governor leads, in areas such as finance, who play a role in ensuring any additional monitoring activities and meetings take place and necessary reports are made to the Governing Board.


The approved minutes from governing board meetings are available for inspection via the school office.


How to contact governors


If you wish to contact the Governors, please make your request through the school office. A governor will be get back to you as soon as possible.


Types of Governor


  • Parent :   Parents vote for Parent Governor positions
  • Local Authority :  A local authority governor is appointed by Staffordshire County Council
  • Staff : Staff Governors are voted for by members of staff
  •  Co-opted Governors : these can be staff or any person nominated by the governing body to bring specific skills to the board


All Governors have a four year term of office and are appointed on the basis of the skills and expertise they can bring to the Governing Board.


All decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body, which is set up by law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently to the rest of the governing body.


Meet the governors


The Governing Board is currently made up of the following members: