Role and Aims

From the Chair of Governors

Welcome to Cherrywood Community Primary School from the Governing Body.  Thank you for showing an interest in what we do.

The Governing Body is legally responsible for ensuring that the school is well-managed and financially sound, and that it provides the best possible education to all its pupils according to their specific needs and abilities. We work collaboratively with the Headteacher. Find updates on what we have done to strategically manage the school on our Chair of Governor’s Blogs.

The Governing Body carries out its role by:

  • Being strategic in setting aims and objectives, and making and reviewing plans focussed on pursing its aim that all pupils are provided with the opportunities, facilities and support to achieve at the highest level;
  • Acting as a critical friend: supporting but challenging the Headteacher and other senior leaders to ensure that targets and objectives are met. Celebrating success but recognising where improvement is needed;
  • Ensuring accountability.

The Governing Body has 9 members representing parents/carers, staff, the Local Authority, and the community (through our co-opted governors). The Headteacher is also a  governor and our Deputy Headteacher is an Associate Member.  The Governing Body has delegated day to day responsibility for overseeing specific aspects of its work to a number of Portfolio areas including:

Curriculum – responsible for ensuring that the curriculum provision meets legal requirements, is accessible, and meets the needs of all our pupils

Pupil Premium – responsible for monitoring the provision for pupils who attract additional funding and the impact of that funding on the outcomes for these and other disadvantaged pupils

SEND – which monitors the provision for and outcomes of all children with special or additional educational or other needs

Finance and Personnel – concerned with approving and reviewing the school budget, and all personnel related matters (including grievances and disciplinary matters)

Property and Asset Management – concerned with the good management of the school’s premises, facilities, and equipment

Business and Community Liaison – responsible for leading the Governing Body’s effective communication and engaged with all school stakeholders and the wider community.

The Full Governing Body meets at least twice a term; Portfolio governors meet regularly with their staff liaison to carry out monitoring. The Full Governing Body retains overall responsibility for monitoring the progress and achievement of all pupils.

Governors are appointed for periods of 4 years (renewable). In addition to being Portfolio Holders all Governors at Cherrywood take on responsibility for monitoring particular aspects of the school development/improvement plan and other important aspects of school life.

Governors engage actively in the life of the school, so will often be found attending exhibitions and assemblies, shows and special events, or helping at school fairs or on trips. Our regular slot in the School Newsletter tells you more about what we have been doing and how this has impacted on the school. We also maintain a positive working relationship with all stakeholders: parents, the wider community, the LA and other professionals. Please join us at our  drop-in sessions, we are keen to get feedback from the Cherrywood school community.

More information about our current Governors; their portfolio areas and subject links; meeting dates and details of our attendance at meetings in the last academic year; together with the Governors’ Register of Interests are provided in these Governance pages.

If you wish to contact the Governors please do so via the School Office. More information about governance can be found at:

Betty Read

Chair of Governors