Purpose of the Governing Body


The Department for Education describes the purpose of a governing body as follows. The governing body should:


In addition as a Church of England school, its Foundation Governors have responsibility for preserving, developing and safeguarding the Christian Ethos and religious character of the school and upholding the principles of the Trust Deed.

Foundation governors should undertake the following activities:  

Foundation Governors also play an active part in supporting the Head Teacher in evaluating the school as a Church school. When SIAMS inspections take place foundation governors will be interviewed to ensure that they are fulfilling their role as a ‘critical friend’, committed to safeguarding the Christian Ethos of the school.

Structure and Membership of Cossington's Governing Body


A governing body is made up of Local Authority, parent, staff and co-opted governors from which a Chair and Vice Chair are elected.


Cossington's governing body comprises:



(Co-opted governors can be parents, staff or community governors but the proportion of staff on a governing body, including the Head, cannot exceed one third of the total.)


A Chair of Governors and a Vice Chair are elected from the foundation, parent, Local Authority and co-opted governors (staff and the ex-officio head cannot take on these roles). 


Full governor meetings are clerked by an appointed Clerk to the Governors.



To achieve these goals governors meet to discuss, challenge and support the school and its staff.  The full Governing Board meet half termly, but governors will also attend committee meeting to focus on particular areas of the school.  These committees are:

Full Governors' Meetings

Cossington's governing body meets half-termly for meetings.

These are chaired by the chair of governors and clerked by a trained clerk.

The head teacher is also present at all regular meetings.


The head teacher presents a half-termly report which outlines the progress of teaching and learning in the school based on the results of lesson observations and data from assessments, along with progress on the School Improvement Plan, staffing, concerns, absences, exclusions and budget.


A typical meeting includes:


Paper copies of minutes from the governors meetings, are available, upon request, from the school office.