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The Governing Body

What is the Governing Body?

The Governing Body is a board of 16 people.  It is made up of parents, staff and members of the local community.  As we are a Church Aided school half of the board are appointed by the Church of England Diocese of Leeds.  The board support and challenge the leadership of the school.  Governors are motivated by a commitment to the children, and work to make sure that they get the very best out of their time at Roundhay St John's.  The role is voluntary.

What do governors do?

The governing body’s responsibilities are to:

  • provide advice and support to the school
  • help maintain the school’s Christian values
  • help set the school’s vision and aims
  • agree school policies
  • help the school make good use of resources
  • monitor the school’s performance
  • provide support and challenge to the Headteacher in managing the school

The full governing body meet five times each school year. Meetings are usually in the evening. Governors are also members of at least one sub-committee. Sub-committees focus on specific areas of the school’s work including Teaching and Learning, Resources, Health, Safety and Premises, and the Headteacher’s performance management.

Sub-committees meet regularly – often during the school day – and report to the full governing body.

Minutes are taken of all meetings. These can be viewed via the school office.

Some governors are given special responsibilities. This may be for safeguarding children, race equality, or the School Council. Most governors are also linked to a specific class or subject area.

As well as attending meetings each governor aims to visit the school at least once a term. During the visit the governor observes everyday school activities. This helps them to gain an understanding of school life, the strengths of the school and what is done to maintain  them as well as the challenges faced by the school.

Governors each meet individually with the chair and vice chair once a year to review their role.


Vacancies for governor occur regularly. 

The school wants the Governing Body to reflect the school community. Governors bring a range of skills and life experiences to the body. No formal qualifications are needed.

The most important qualifications are a wish to make sure that the children get the best out of their time at Roundhay St John’s and some time and energy available to commit to the role.

Governors contribute by gaining an understanding of the school, the challenges it faces and by being willing to ask questions.

Please contact the school if you are interested in joining the Governing Body.  We will be very pleased to hear from you.


When someone is appointed as a governor, they are required to complete training offered by the local authority. There is also one to one support from a current governor, who will become your governor mentor.