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What our Governors do

What Our Governors Do

An important part of the role of the Governing Body is to help set the vision and values for the school, and the policies and procedures that act as a framework for how the school is run. The Governing Body works hard to support the Headteacher to ensure that AYJS is providing the best possible education for its pupils by:

  •  Thinking and working strategically to help raise standards.

  •  Monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets.

  •  Supporting the head and staff as well as challenging their expectations – called being a ‘critical friend’.

  •  Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made.


As well as sharing a common desire to support the school, the Governing Body has statutory duties by which it is legally bound. It is ultimately responsible for all matters relating to the school including teaching and learning, health and safety, safeguarding, staffing, premises and finance. At AYJS, the full Governing Body normally meets every half term to discuss and agree the school’s business. The Governing Body goes into school to attend events and to meet with the Headteacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us to find out how the school is progressing towards its targets. 


In addition to participating in the full Governing Body, governors may also serve on sub-committees. The sub-committees are:

  • Finance and Resources

  • Education Strategy

  • Headteacher Appraisal and Teachers’ Pay

  • Health and Safety

  • Foundation Governors