A very warm welcome from the Governors of Horspath School. In this section, you will find an introduction to who we are and what our role is.

Governors are part of the largest volunteer workforce in the country; they play a key role in helping the school provide the best possible education for all its pupils.

At Horspath School our governors come from a range of backgrounds, bringing together different skills, experiences and knowledge. The governing body was reconstituted with the following structure:

  • 2 x community governors
  • 2 x foundation governors
  • 4 x parent governors
  • 1 x Headteacher
  • 1 x staff governor

More information about the current governors can be found on the Governor Profiles page.

For details about how each type of governor is appointed, the current post holders, and their terms of office, please see Constitution of the Governing Body.

Governors do not act independently but together as a governing body with joint responsibility. The role of the governing body is a strategic one and its key functions are:

  • set the aims and objectives of the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Head

Governors attend six full governing body meetings per year, as well as committee meetings. The governing body has three committees, each which typically meets four times a year.

It is important for governors to visit the school regularly to keep informed about school life. Each governor is linked to a subject. It is the responsibility of each Link Governor to enrich the whole governing body’s understanding of their particular area and contribute, where appropriate, to informed decision making.

At Horspath School, we value the close partnership built up over the years between the Headteacher and Governing Body. The Headteacher discusses all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and expects the governing body to both challenge and support the school. It is our role to act a ‘critical friend’ as well as developing a good rapport with all staff.

Governing Body Documents

Governing Body Meetings

Minutes of previous meetings of the Full Governing Body, dates of future meetings, and governor attendance records can be found on the Governing Body Meetings page.

Governors’ Newsletters

News from the Governing Body is now included in the school newsletter. Older newsletters can be found here.