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Wolvercote Primary School

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Wolvercote primary School

How does the governing body work?

The River Learning Trust delegates key strategic responsibilities to the governors. The governors then work collaboratively with the  Headteacher and senior staff to establish the vision and ethos of the school within the context of The River Learning Trust. We look at where the school is now, ask what we want the school to achieve and how are we going to achieve this. Together with the  Headteacher and senior staff, we use the published school performance data.and additional outcomes from the school’s self-evaluation, to inform priorities in the School Improvement Plan. We set clear, ambitious targets for the school and develop policies and budget and staffing structures to achieve these aims. We also appoint the  Headteacher.


The governor’s act as a critical friend to the school, reviewing the performance of the Headteacher, checking that progress is being made towards targets, and evaluating the effectiveness of policies and the School

Improvement Plan. We also help celebrate the school's successes and ensure that parents are involved and informed as appropriate.


Governors get to know the school through attending meetings and by visiting the school during the school day.


The governing body is organised into two sub-committees, which take responsibility for holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance and financial performance of the school. The sub committees are:


  • Impact Committee - This committee has an overview of the academic  performance of the school.


  • Resources Committee - This committee has an overview of the effectiveness of the schools resources including staffing, equipment and the building and grounds. It also has oversight over the schools budget.


Each governor is allocated to one of the two sub-committees and some governors take on specific responsibilities, for example, Safeguarding and Health & Safety.