The Governing Body is a group of volunteers who work with the head teacher, leadership team and the staff of the school to ensure that all our children and young people receive the best possible learning experiences.  Their three key roles are to:

  • provide strategic direction for the school (discuss and support our improvement plans) 
  • work with the headteacher to raise standards and promote the safeguarding and well being of pupils
  • ensure accountability and act as ‘critical friends’ 

Governors are not expected to make day to day decisions about the running of the school, this is the job of the Head Teacher.  Neither do they need specialist skills, just the ability to listen, think through new ideas and decide what is best for the school.  They do need to be able to work as a team and to be able to commit to regular attendance at meetings as well as giving some time to preparing for meetings.

Governors at Samuel Pepys School meet as full governing body once each term.  They approve and assist in the review of the School Improvement Plan and the Budget.  Each governor is a member of one of two committees: Personnel and Curriculum or Finance, Site and Safety.  These each meet once each half term and specific responsibilities are delegated to each by the full governing body.

The Governance Handbook can be found here Governance_Handbook_FINAL2020

Click here to download the Local Authority Governor Guidance Notes as a pdf
(Produced by School Governance Team, Cambridgeshire County Council 09/2017)

Our Current Governing Body (Correct as of January 2022)

The Chair of the Governing Body is Anne McCormick. 

The Clerk to Governors is Tracey Crawshaw (Cam Clerk)

The Chair of the Personnel and Curriculum Committee is Tamsin Olney, with Anne McCormick as co-chair

The Chair of the Finance, Site and Safety Committee is Andy Dawson, with Mary Read as co-chair 

Composition of Governing Body 

3 Parent Governors (1 Vacancy)

1 Headteacher

1 Staff Governor

1 Local Authority Governor

6 Co-opted Governors (1 Vacancy)

Here is the attendance register of Governors at our meetings 

Samuel Pepys School Governor attendance 2021-22 December 21

 Samuel Pepys School Declarations of Interest 2021-22 January 2022