The Local Governing Committee have recently spent time reviewing their practice and thinking of how they can improve their practice to achieve their vision, which is as follows:

The Governors of Beaufort School have a positive impact, not just on the education of our children, but on their lives, making the ‘whole child’ their concern. They share the vision of the leadership team and work effectively in partnership with them, providing support and challenge, to move the school forward, thus improving its effectiveness. Governors monitor practice and work with leaders at all levels to ensure actions are well focused and resources provide best value for money. They contribute objective evidence to the school self-evaluation and steer the school through policy and the setting of strategic key priorities.

Governors as of 14th November 2019

Mr Rupert CrosslandGovernor & Chair
Mr Stephen ArnottGovernor
Mrs Emily FerrisHeadteacher Governor
Miss Aneesa AliGovernor
Mrs Nicola EmeryGovernor & Vice Chair
Mr Rob ColeParent Governor
VacancyParent Governor
VacancyParent Governor
Mrs Debbie HarrisonStaff Governor
Mr Craig HorsmanGovernor
Mr Paul LangtreeParent Governor
Mrs Deborah HareStaff Governor
Mr Robert RatteeGovernor
Andrew HughesClerk to Governors

The governing body of the school represents staff, parents and a cross section of the local community. We comprise a myriad of different personalities, experiences, lengths of service and interests that all contribute towards providing the right mix of skills that are critical in any governing body. Our role is to support and challenge the leadership team in the task of delivering the strategic objective to become an ‘outstanding’ school.

The Governing Body meets a minimum of 2 times a term; one meeting will have a focus around Children and Learning and the other meeting will be focused on Resources. In addition at the beginning of the year there is a business meeting and at the end of the year a strategic planning day followed by a full Governing Body meeting. This structure was agreed in July 2019 and will be trialled through the 2019/20 academic year.

The content and detail of each focus is listed below:

Children and Learning 

The aim of the Children and Learning focused meeting is to ensure that the needs of all children are met, both in terms of their academic and personal development.

The workload includes the strategic overview of all matters relating to the children’s academic (progress and attainment) and personal development. The Governors will review the analysis of each year’s S.A.Ts results, comparing performance against published targets at each Key Stage and agreeing future targets. They will play a major part in the curriculum related issues within the School Improvement Plan. In addition the meeting will review and approve curriculum-based policies.


The aim of the Resources focused meeting is to ensure that all available resources are utilised to meet the needs of our children.

The Governors have responsibility for strategic oversight of the school’s finances, staffing issues and premises issues, including Health & Safety and this is addressed through the Resources meeting. The School Business Manager and Premises Manager report to the Governors at every meeting Resources meeting on the current financial position of the school. The Governors are involved in formulating and approving the draft budget and associated expenditure plans each year before it is adopted. The annual staffing structure, which is developed to ensure that children’s needs are fully met, is approved by the Governing Body through the Resources focused meeting.

Meetings and structure

Each of the above committees meets 3 times a year and there are also 4 meetings of the Full Governing Body (FGB) where both committees come together to review progress against the School Development Plan. Not all Governors sit on both committees but all are expected to attend the FGB sessions.  There is a separate Pay Working Group which meets once a year to determine staff pay.  This group is made up of two Governors.

Get Involved

If you have any questions about the school governing body or would like to get involved please contact the school office.

We are currently recruiting Governors from the community (i.e. non parents).  Please contact the school office for more information.

Academy Trustee Documents

Governor information, attendance and interests are detailed in the link below:

The Governing Body Structure

Governor meeting attendance 2018