Pocklington C.E. Infant School

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The role of the Governing Body

The National Governance Association describes the role of the governing body as:

"Maintained school governing bodies are the accountable bodies in law and as such must act collectively in the best interests of the children, ensuring the good conduct of the school and promoting high standards of educational achievement.

School governance regulations and the DfE governance handbook identify three core functions for governing bodies:

  1. ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic directions
  2. holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of its staff
  3. overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

This means that governing bodies should:

  • determine the ethos, values, and culture for the school
  • agree a long-term vision for the school and a strategy for achieving the vision
  • establish polices that ensure compliance and that the school works in line with the agreed values and ethos
  • appoint and hold leaders to account for the conduct of the school and for the achievement of the school's vision
  • agree the budget and staffing structure required to deliver the strategy
  • monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the strategy
  • ensure that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic plan agreed with the governing body."



DfE information on school financial benchmarking can be found by clicking here

For more information on the governance of our school click the links below:


Meet our Governors

Governance structure at Pocklington Infants


Cake and Chat 

During cake and chat pupils share work they are proud of with governors.


"It was a lovely opportunity to meet some of the children and see some of the excellent work they are doing at the school, please ensure this is fed back to the teachers.  Thank you also for inviting us to attend Collective Worship - I really enjoyed it." Parent Governor


"I think it’s brilliant that the children get to meet us and they go home and tell their parents we have had a chat with them and seen their work and they had cake and got a sticker. I think as a parent it is brilliant that the governors are interested in the children and what they have done. A brilliant opportunity for the children to be proud of what they had done as well. 

Also I absolutely loved seeing their work and listening to them telling me about it all. "  Parent Governor
" Thank you for enabling us to visit, I enjoyed the session.  It was nice to see art work getting some coverage, with such a heavy focus these days on reading and writing for instance." Parent Governor