Governing Body


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Who Are We?

The board of Governors at Larkrise is made up of 4 different types of governor. The number and type of governors is set by the Government and is called the Instrument of Government. Our Scheme of Government is 6 Co-opted Governors, 4 Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governors and 2 Staff Governors (including Heateacher) see details below for how these groups are elected/selected.

This Scheme of Government is to ensure that the composition of a governing body contains a wide range of people from the community and the school who between them can ensure a wide range of skills and knowledge.

Co-opted Governors

Co-opted governors are a person who is appointed as a governor by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Staff Governors

Staff governors are elected by all the members of staff at the school and are representatives for that group. The first staff position is reserved for the head teacher if they wish to be a governor. The second position should be filled by a member of the teaching staff unless there is no member is willing to stand, then it can be filled by a member of the support staff. A third position is for a member of the support staff unless there is no one willing to stand, then a member of the teaching staff can fill it. Staff governors should take into account the views of those who elected them but make up their own minds when voting on a specific issue.

Local Authority (LA) Governors

LA governors are appointed by the local authority that maintains the school. Positions may be filled to reflect the local political balance of the council, but there is no obligation to do this. As with all other governors they should be committed to raising standards. They should keep in touch with those who appoint them but are expected to vote in the best interests of the school.

Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected by the parents of children registered at the school. Parents who are paid to work at the school for more than 500 hours or more in a school year cannot be parent governors. They should keep in touch with those who elected them but make up their own minds on how to vote on any specific issue

What do we do?

We are a group of volunteers from the School Community who work with the Head Teacher to set the future strategic direction of Larkrise. We act as a critical friend to the school by making collective decisions on a wide variety of issues. We monitor the impact of policies initiated by the Local Authority and oversee the management of the school budget to ensure your child gets a thorough education appropriate to their individual needs. 

The full Governing Body meets regularly to monitor progress, plan future developments and discuss relevant issues. Sub-committees and working groups carry out a lot of the work and feed back to the full Governing Body about their specialist areas. 

Larkrise Governing Body Committee Structure

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When do we meet?

The dates and times of all the meetings are scheduled at the beginning of each academic year. 

If you are interested in finding out more about the role and the meeting dates, do please contact our clerk by email  clerktogovernors@larkrise.wilts.sch.uk.

Want to become a Governor?

 If you are interested in finding out more about the role do please contact our clerk by email clerktogovernors@larkrise.wilts.sch.uk. 

Wiltshire County Council produce an informative leaflet that give details of the role and training provided please click here to read their Induction Booklet. 

Larkrise Governing Body terms of office

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The Governing Body must meet at least three times each academic year during term time. Governors may receive and discuss reports from the Local Education Authority, the Headteacher and the Governing Body’s Committees. Governors may discuss particular curriculum areas, proposed building work or new developments at the school and decided on the best course of action to take.

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