About the Governing Body

The Governing Body at Blackhorse is a board of parents, staff and community members, who meet to ensure that the school constantly strives for outstanding outcomes.


The 3 main duties of the Governing Body are:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.


Effective Governance is based on the following 6 features:

1. Providing strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.

2. Ensuring accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.

3. Ensuring that the people on the board having the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.

4. Creating structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

5. Ensuring compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.

6. Conducting effective evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.


Other key roles and duties:

1. Setting and monitoring the school's budget.

2. Setting and monitoring targets for the school's academic performance & attendance.

3. Setting and monitoring the school's staffing plan.

4. Supporting staff performance and well-being.

5. Forming school policies, including how the curriculum is taught.

6. Monitoring behaviour and ensuring good discipline.

7. Monitoring Health & Safety processes and policies.

8. Setting and monitoring safeguarding procedures. 

9. Hearing appeals and grievances.

Blackhorse Primary School Instrument of Government