Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about how the Governors help in the running of our school. Our Chair, Mrs Amber Byrne can be contacted via the main school office. Please read this short explanation of what the Governing Body does and scroll down for information on who Brockton's Governors are and what responsibilities they have.


As Brockton is a state Primary school, our Governing Body consists of a mixture of staff, parent, community, foundation, Local Authority and associate Governors. All of which are on the Main Governing Body and have an equal voting right.

Their three core strategic governance functions are:

Strategic Role - to provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. To appoint and appraise all staff. To agree the School Development Plan which includes setting targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures.

Critical Friend – holding the Senior Leadership Team to account by monitoring and evaluating the work of the school, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the School Improvement Plan. This includes; offering support, monitoring, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed.

Accountability – Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. Being accountable for its decisions to; each other for agreed actions, Pupils, Parents, Members, Staff, Community, the Secretary of State, Ofsted, and to the Local Authority in relation to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

The main role for governors is to support the Senior Leadership Team and staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’ – helping them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of academy life. The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (SDP) and the Summary Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SDP sets out our strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

Governors also fulfil a range of legal duties including:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the budget
  • monitoring the progress and impact of the SDP
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Principal
  • safeguarding duty
  • performance review

The full Governing Body meets once every term. At this meeting, the Head and other Leaders report to all governors about learning, progress, staffing, financial and premises matters.

There are two other committee which meets half termly:

The Finance Committee

The Curriculum Committee

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Chair of Governors (Local Authority Governor) : Mrs Amber Byrne