The Governing Body

The governing body is made up of the following members:

  • parent governors (elected by parents)
  • staff representatives (elected by academy staff)
  • local authority governors (appointed by the local authority)
  • community governors (members of the local community appointed by the governing body)
  • for some schools, people appointed by the relevant religious body or foundation
  • up to two sponsor governors (appointed by the governing body).

What do Governors do?

The governing body of an academy is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the academy budget
  • reviewing progress against the academy's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Head Teacher.

What makes a good Governor?

  • You care about improving children’s educational attainment
  • You want to contribute to the local community
  • You want to work as part of a team and can value the contribution made by different people
  • You are willing to ask questions
  • You are open to ideas and willing to learn.

Becoming an Academy Governor

You can become an academy governor by:

  • being elected by parents as a parent governor, if your child attends the academy
  • being elected by staff, if you are a member of staff
  • being appointed by the local authority
  • being appointed by the church or charitable trust
  • being appointed by other governors as a community governor.

To become a governor, you will need to ensure that those who have a vote, or who appoint people, know about your interest. Trinity Primary Academy organise elections and tell parents and staff about them. However, you can always ask the academy whether there are vacancies now that need to be filled.