John Bunyan School

Lancaster Way, Braintree, CM7 5UL
Phone: 01376 321 814 

Resilience, Ambition, Values, Excitement.

Folder Governors

What Does A Governing Body Do?

The Governors are responsible for policy and strategy and the Head teacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and ensuring that the policy and strategy agreed by the Governors is implemented.  The Governing Body has a large number of legal responsibilities and amongst these are ensuring that the National Curriculum is properly delivered, arranging for religious education to be carried out, deciding how to spend the delegated budget and approving the many different school policies, such as those referring to discipline and behaviour and health and safety. 


The Governing Body is made up of:

  • parent governors (elected by parents)
  • staff representatives (elected by school staff)
  • local authority governors (appointed by the local authority)
  • co-opted governors (members of the local community appointed by the governing body)
  • associate governors (members appointed by the governing body in an advisory capacity)


The governing body of a school is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Head Teacher


The Full Governing Body meets termly.  The Governors also meet in committees each term.  The committees are:

  • Finance & Personnel 
  • Curriculum and Pupil Welfare
  • Premises

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Governing Body we do occasionally have vacancies that occur and the Head Teacher or Chair of Governors will be pleased to talk to you about them.







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