Pocklington C.E. Infant School

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The Governors

The Governors at Pocklington Infants School play a very important role in the life of the school.
There are different types of governors including:

  • 5 Parent Governors (elected by parents of current pupils)
  • 1 Staff Governor (elected by the staff)
  • The Headteacher
  • 3 Co-opted Governors (appointed by The Governors)
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (appointed by East Riding County Council)
  • 3 Foundation Governors (appointed by York Diocese)

They are all volunteers and have three core functions as set out in the Governors’ Handbook:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the school
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school
  • Ensuring financial health, probity and value for money

Meetings are held in the evenings, or after school, during term time and there are usually about 7 full governing body meetings in a year. Governors also often visit school during the day to meet with staff and pupils. How the governing body works was restructured in 2017 as part of a review of Governance.  The Resources Committee deals with school finance, premises and personnel matters.  The other sub-committees meet as and when needed and include: Appeals, Pupil Discipline and Performance Review. The Full Governing Body oversees the work of the sub Committees and deals with all other matters relating to the school. 

Governors have many different qualifications and skills that they can bring to the role. The best schools have Governing Bodies that are a part of the school team. It can be a very rewarding and challenging role but also a very satisfying one. Some governors have special responsibilities:

  • Mrs Cobb is the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding
  • Ms Stones is the Governor with responsibility for SEND

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please call in at the School Office.

 The Instrument of Governance sets out how the school is governed.  


Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern.  The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the schools staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interests by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or the Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.

Note 1.    Pecuniary interest includes current employment, businesses (of which partner/proprietor), company directorship, charity trusteeship and other conflict.

Note 2.    Personal Interests can also include business involvement/company directorship or trusteeships or family or close connections to the governor (for example a company the school might have contracts with).

Examples (potential conflicts):

  • A governor whose spouse/partner is employed by the school: Should not take part in discussion regarding the school’s pay policy or any staffing matter that might impact on their partner.  Both direct and indirect decisions might impact on the salary range of senior staff e.g. increasing pupil numbers.
  • A governor involved with any committee group, business or after school club who hire part of the school: Should not be party to discussion involving the use of the school or their charging policy.
  • A governor who is a supplier of goods or services to the school : Should not take part in decisions regarding the letting of contracts for that type of goods or services where a sub-contract relationship might exist.

The register of governor interests must also include details of attendance record at the governing body meetings and committees over the year and reviewed and updated on an annual basis indicating also when a governor steps down.

Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear when they have voting rights.

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings