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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 is currently one vacancy for a 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 Headteacher.

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 2020-2021

Meetings - Autumn Term 2020

Full Governing Body: Tuesday 15 September 2020 @3:30pm  

Education and Learning Committee: Thursday 22 October 2020 @3:30pm

Full Governing Body (Emergency Meeting): Tuesday 10 November 2020 @ 3:30pm

Resources Committee: Wednesday 25 November 2020 @3:30pm

Full Governing Body: Tuesday 15 December 2020 @3:30pm


Meetings - Spring Term 2021

Education and Learning Committee: Tuesday 19 January 2021 @3:30pm CANCELLED (National Lockdown)

Full Governing Body (Emergency Meeting): Tuesday 19 January 2021 @3:30pm

Resources Committee: Wednesday 24 February 2021 @3:30pm

Full Governing Body: Thursday 18 March 2021 @3:30pm  


Meetings - Summer Term 2021

Education and Learning Committee: Wednesday 12 May 2021 @3:30pm  

Resources Committee: Tuesday 22 June 2021 @3:30pm  

Full Governing Body: Wednesday 7 July 2021 @3:30pm  


NB:  Covid-19 update - all Governor meetings will be held virtually until further notice.


The Clerk to Governors is Mrs Sheila Walker.

 List of acronyms used in education_January 2021.pdfDownload
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 Coombe Road Link Governors and Committee Members 2020-21.pdfDownload
 Education & Learning Committee Terms of Reference 2020-2021.pdfDownload
 Governors Handbook 2020-2021.pdfDownload
 Resources Committee Terms of Reference 2020-2021.pdfDownload
 STATUTORY Scheme of Delegation 2020-2021 .pdfDownload
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