The Role of the Governing Body

Governing bodies have a lot of responsibility for improving school performance and accountability, as well as several legal obligations to make sure that the school is achieving the best possible outcomes for its young people. The main duties and responsibilities of the governing body include:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the school’s leaders to account.
  • Ensuring that the school’s finances are well managed.
  • Working effectively as a team.
  • Maintaining a good working relationship with the head teacher
  • Understanding the school and its community.
  • Continuously driving school improvement.

School governors are volunteers who are committed to making sure that their school provides the best possible education for all its pupils. Governors come from a range of different backgrounds and bring different skills and expertise to the role.

There are different types of governors on governing bodies. Most governing bodies have a combination of the following types of governor:

  • Parent Governors – elected by parents at the school
  • Staff Governors – elected by staff at the school
  • Head Teacher
  • Local Authority Governors – recruited from a range of backgrounds and businesses to help communicate local policy
  • Co-opted Governors – appointed by the governing body and are people who they feel have the relevant skills and experience to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school.
  • Foundation Governors – representatives of the religious organisation or trust, if any, that supports the school to uphold its ethos and values

There may also be other types of governor depending on the type of school.

Governors should expect to spend approximately 10-20 days a year on their role. This would include:

  • Attending all governing body meetings, usually 3 to 6 per year
  • Visiting the school as part of a programme of governor visits with a specific focus
  • Attending any subcommittee meetings they are involved in
  • Reading any papers circulated before meetings
  • Undertaking any relevant research required

Claremont's Full Governing Body

Chair Dr Lovecy Local Authority Governor 16.01.15-15.01.19
Councillor Ali CO-OPTED 01.09.15-31.08.19
Ms Birks Staff 28.03.14-27.03.18
Ms Conboy Headteacher 26.09.12-25.09.16
Dr Cross CO-OPTED 01.09.15-31.08.19
Mrs Killeen CO-OPTED 28.03.14-27.03.18
Mrs Abdi Parent 28.03.14-27.03.18
Mr Sarman Parent 14.12.12-13.12.16
Ms Schwarz CO-OPTED 22.05.13-21.05.17
Ms Steward CO-OPTED 08.07.15-07.07.19
Dr Treifi Parent 08.07.15-07.07.19
Ms Wibier Parent 05.11.13-04.11.17
Mrs Mayers Clerk  NA

Please click here to download the Full Governing Body List and the Terms of Office.

Committee Membership and Link Governors 2017-18


Chair                      Dr Lovecry
Headteacher Ms Conboy
Cllr Ali
Dr Cross
Mrs Killeen
Ms Schwarz
Dr Treifi
in attendance Mrs Silcock
Finance Advisor

School Development

Chair                       Dr Lovecy
Headteacher Ms Conboy
Mrs Abdi
Ms Birks
Dr Cross
Mrs Killeen
Ms Stewart
Ms Wibier


Chair Dr Lovecy
Headteacher Ms Conboy
Cllr Ali, 
Ms Birks
Mr Sarman
Ms Schwarz
Ms Wibier

HT Performance Management

Chair Dr Lovecy,
Dr Cross,
Mr Sarman,
Independent Quality Assurance Consultant

School Expansion

Chair              Dr Lovecy
Headteacher Ms Conboy
Ms Birks
Mr Sarman
Ms Schwarz
Ms Wibier

Link Governors 2017-18

Safeguarding and Health and Safety  Dr Cross
Inclusion/SEN Ms Wibier
English  Cllr Ali
Parental & Community Engagement  Ms Schwarz and Dr Treifi
EYFS  Dr Lovecy
Numeracy Mr Sarman and Mrs Abdi

Pecuniary Interests of Governors

Mrs Killeen is the spouse of a Claremont Primary Phase Leader

Governors - Minutes

Attendance 2016-17 (1).pdf
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