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Coombe Road Primary School

Broadening Horizons, Raising Aspirations

Our Governing Body

The school has a governing body of twelve members, made up of three elected parent governors, one local authority governor,  one member of staff, one headteacher governor and six co-opted governors. The Chair of Governors is Peter Freeman.  There are currently 2 vacancies for a parent and co-opted governor.

The Governors work with senior leaders in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement. Duties include setting the school’s vision, aims and objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the headteacher.

Governors must support and challenge the headteacher, so need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions. They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of their role. Governors work as a team and make collective decisions. Our handbook for governors is available below. 

Some functions are delegated to committees. We have two committees, Resources Committee and Education and Learning Committee.

Education and Learning Committee (e+l)

Chair: Gillian Burns

This committee's role includes:

  • to consider and advise the governing body on standards and other matters relating to the school’s curriculum
  • to monitor and evaluate the progress of the school improvement plan
  • to ensure the school is effectively responding to the requirements set out by Ofsted and HMI.

Resources Committee

Chair: Chris Piper

This committee's role includes:

  • to establish and maintain an up to date financial plan
  • to make decisions on expenditure and to draft the first formal budget plan of the financial year
  • to establish a Pay Policy
  • to draft and keep under review the staffing structure in consultation with the Head Teacher.

This committee also functions as the Pay Committee when appropriate.

The full terms of reference for the committees can be found below.

A list of acronyms can be found below.


Meetings - Autumn Term

Education and Learning Committee: Wednesday 23 October 2019 - 3.30pm

Resources Committee: Tuesday 26 November 2019 - 3.30pm

Full Governing Body: Tuesday 17 September 2019 - 5pm, Wednesday 11 December 2019

 Meetings - Spring Term

Education and Learning Committee: Tuesday 21 January 2020 - 3.30pm

Resources Committee: Wednesday 26 February 2020 - 3.30pm

Full Governing Body: Tuesday 17 March 2020 - 5pm (Cancelled due to Covid-19)

Full Governing Body: Thursday 30th April 2020 - 2pm (Virtual meeting due to Covid-19)

Meetings - Summer Term

Education and Learning Committee: Wednesday 13 May 2020 - 3.30pm (Cancelled due to Covid-19)

Resources Committee: Tuesday 23 June 2020 - 3.30pm (Cancelled due to Covid-19)

Full Governing Body: Wednesday 8 July 2020 - 2pm (Virtual meeting due to Covid-19)

NB:  From 30/04/2020 there will be no further Committee meetings held until otherwise agreed by the Governing Body .  In the meantime only Full Governing Body Virtual Meetings will take place on a termly basis.


The Clerk to Governors is Mrs Sheila Walker.

 Coombe Road Link Governors and Committee Members 2019-20.pdfDownload
 Coombe Road Instrument of Government Mar 15 (1).pdfDownload
 Education and Learning Committee Terms of Reference 2019-20.pdfDownload
 Governors Handbook 2018-20 .pdfDownload
 List of Acronyms used in Education.pdfDownload
 Resources Committee Terms of Reference 2019-20 .pdfDownload
 STATUTORY_Scheme of Delegation_19-20_GOVS.pdfDownload
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