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Gosforth Central Middle School

The Governing Body

What is the Governing Body?

We are a group of people who volunteer together to support GCMS strategically. We act as a ‘critical friend’ supporting and challenging the school and its leaders, holding it to account, making sure it provides the best possible educational experiences to every child in its care. We have our own Code of Conduct and are bound by statutory requirements from Government.

These statutory requirements are:

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


What do we do?

We work closely with the school leadership team in these areas –

  • planning the future direction of the school;
  • monitoring and evaluating the progress of the school against these plans;
  • supporting and challenging the school team;
  • being accountable to parents and others for the school’s performance,
  • working with school leaders to keep children safe
  • ensuring all statutory duties are carried out
  • visit the school
  • engage in appropriate training


Who can be a governor?

The governing body membership is set at 20. This is composed of;

  • parent governors – interested parents are nominated and a vote is taken
  • co-opted governors – applications from outside school taken, considered and appointed by the full governing body
  • local authority governors – governors who represent the LA
  • foundation trust governors –
  • staff governors – chosen through internal voting
  • head teacher.


Associate members can also be appointed to the governing body and can attend meetings and be members of committees. They do not, however, have voting rights.  

The GCMS governing body is made up of professionals from many different arenas; teachers, doctors, designers, diplomats, architects, accountants parents and retired members who come with an array of skills and experiences. Our aim is to include a variety of skilled individuals within our number who will add value to the Governing Body as it goes about its governing work.


How are we organised?

Working as a full governing body is necessary to meet statutory requirements. To ensure we fulfil these we also operate a number of committees which focus on key areas. At the moment these are;


Finance and Resources Committee – This committee monitors the school budget to keep school in a positive balance. It makes sure that the budget is used effectively to enable school to deliver the curriculum and pay its staff. The committee monitors this through asking questions and examining budget spreadsheets to keep school accountable for its expenditure.

Certain areas in school, eg Pupil Premium, Sports Premium and SEND have individual allocations of money that need to be spent in a particular way, this is overseen through the committee with help from a designated Link Governor.


Curriculum and Performance Committee – The governing body is responsible for ensuring that the statutory requirements for the curriculum are met for all subjects. It holds leaders to account for the performance of both staff and pupils by monitoring achievement, not just through data from testing but through consistent challenge, observation and questioning of both leaders of subjects and conversations with pupils.

The committee ensures that every group of children in school have equal opportunities to achieve their potential


Staffing Committee – This committee is responsible for ensuring the well being of all staff on the school premises. It makes sure that the governing body is represented at all interviews for senior leaders in school. It oversees the complaints procedures for school; sets up a pay review panel for annual staff appraisal meetings; it is involved in any staffing issue that may arise for members of staff including grievances or appeals. Much of this work is confidential.


Admissions Committee – It is involved in monitoring the waiting list for school places, recommending whether to accept or refuse an application using the admissions policy criteria. It will also be ready for possible appeals. They also review the Admissions Policy annually which is then taken to the Full Governing Body for approval.


Link Governors - we have a number of Link Governors who have a special interest in one area of school who are linked to areas of the School Improvement Plan. They continually monitor achievement by meeting with the school lead to challenge, monitor and see for themselves what is going on in this area. This is disseminated to the full governing body at meetings. Visits are planned for 1 each term.

There are also parts of school that DfE require us to have a link governor for. These often have budgets attached – like SEND, Pupil Premium and Sports Premium. These areas are supported and held to account by a designated link governor who may have specific skills from their professional work which can be a positive addition for the school lead.


Committee members and Link governor roles are reviewed each year in September at the first full governor meeting.

 We also set up working groups for specific and often time limited events; for example our new build, website updates etc


Officers for 2022 – 2023

Chair of Governors – Jayne Thorpe

Co Vice-Chairs – Jeremy Bell, David Brocklehurst

Chair of Finance & Resources Committee – Paul Herbertson

Chair of Curriculum & Performance Committee – Jayne Thorpe

Acting Chair of Staffing Committee – Jayne Thorpe

Chair of Admissions Committee – Jeremy Bell


When do we meet?

We hold 4 clerked meetings a year as a full governing body.

  • Two meetings in the autumn term
  • One in the spring term
  • One in the summer term.

 We will now have 2 extra meetings in the spring and summer terms to facilitate governor training and up skilling; to enable teachers to attend meetings and share their work and to encourage working with shareholders.

Committees meet at least once a term

 If you are interested in becoming a governor please see the Contacting the Governing Body page.


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