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Barford St. Peter's C.E. (V.A.) Primary School

"Together we love; together we learn"

Governing Body

A warm welcome from our Governing Body


To contact our Governors, please email Barbara Williams-Cooke (Chair of Governors) at


Governors are the strategic leaders within schools and have the responsibility of promoting high standards of educational achievement, ensuring every child in their school receives the best quality education.  The DfE Governance Handbook (March 2019) states the governing body has three core functions:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.


Governors are appointed by different groups.  Within Church schools like ours, Foundation Governors are appointed by the Church, and have additional responsibilities within the governing body:


Foundation governors have the responsibility to secure the character of the school as a Church of England voluntary school, that is preserved and developed in accordance with the school's trust deed and its ethos statement.  This will include facilitating links between the school and its parish and being involved in the preparation of the school's self-evaluation prior to a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) inspection, and possibly attending the inspection itself.


The Full Governing Body (FGB) usually meets four times a year, while the Strategic Leadership Group, which comprises key members of the school staff and governing body, meets three times a year.  In addition, the FGB delegates some of its responsibilities to three committees:


  • Performance and Standards
  • Resources
  • Collective Worship