The Governing Body

Governors are the strategic leaders of the school. They are responsible for overseeing the management side of the school: strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing. They enable the school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside senior leaders and supporting teachers to evaluate the progress the school is making, acting as a source of challenge and support to provide excellent education to children.


Role of the Governing Body

  • Providing a strategic view
    We help to set, and keep under review, the broad framework within which the Headteacher and her staff run the school.  In all our work, we focus on the key issues of raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning.
  • Acting as a critical friend
    The Governing Body also provides the Headteacher and staff with support and advice, to form a good working partnership.  In this way the Governing Body acts as a critical friend;  critical in the sense of its responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the school's effectiveness, asking challenging questions and pressing for improvement; friend because it exists to promote the interests of the school and its pupils.
  • Ensuring accountability
    The Governing Body is responsible for setting down the aims and overall conduct of the school, while approving the policies and plans which support them. The Headteacher and staff report to the governors on the school’s performance.  We discuss, question and refine proposals, while always respecting the professional roles of the Headteacher and staff and their responsibilities for the day to day management of the school. The governors are answerable for their actions to parents, the Local Authority, and the wider local community.


Orleans Primary School, Hartington Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 3EN