Bourne Primary School



A governing body is a group of individuals, made up of parents, staff and members of the local community. They work on a voluntary basis to support the strategic leadership of the school. Governors typically serve for terms of four years, and will have a variety of responsibilities during this time.

There are different types of governors:

  • Parent governors, who are elected by the parents of the school
  • Staff governors, elected by the staff of the school, apart from the Headteacher, who is an automatic member of the governing body
  • Co-opted governors are invited to join the board by the current members
  • Local Authority Governors are appointed to the board by East Sussex County Council
  • Associate governors, who sit on the board, but do not have voting rights

The school has a full governing body made up of:

  • The headteacher
  • A Local Authority governor
  • Three Parent governors
  • Five Co-opted governors
  • A Staff governor

Whilst the governing body carry many legal responsibilities for the school, this only represents part of the overall story. These activities include:

  • Oversight of the effective delivery of the curriculum
  • Monitoring the progress of children throughout their school life
  • Helping to develop and monitor the annual budget and finances
  • Long-term planning for the future development of the school
  • Ensure effective policies covering areas such as child welfare, recruitment, health & safety etc.
  • Prioritising repairs and improvements to the school buildings and grounds

As well as attending monthly meetings, Bourne Governors come into school throughout the year. In these sessions they look in books, speak with key staff, observe parts of lessons, talk to children, attend assembly and go out in the playgrounds to observe the children.

These visits into school are planned out for the whole year as part of the school calendar of events. The visits are linked to the School Improvement Plan so that governors can focus on specific issues that will feed into the plan. These visits give them opportunity to see the work of the school in action and to ask questions and make suggestions about what they see.

Please click here for more information on each governor

Please click here for the register of governors’ interests and other details