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Being a Governor at St James'

St James’ Church of England Junior School

The Governing Body

What is the Purpose of a Governing Body?

The purpose of a governing body is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. Governors have three core functions:

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

Governors serve for a period of 4 years but may be re-elected / re-appointed at the end of their term of office. Under the Instrument of Government, the school has capacity for 9 governors:

2 Foundation Governors               (One of whom is ex-officio as the Vicar of St James’ and All Saints Church and one other nominated by the Diocese of Gloucester)

1 Local Authority Governor         (Nominated by Gloucester City Council)

2 Parent Governors                        (Elected by parents)

The Headteacher                             (Ex-officio)

1 Staff Governor                              (Elected by Staff of the School)

2 Co-opted Governors                   (Appointed by the Governing Body)

At St James’, Foundation Governors have a responsibility to see that the Christian ethos of the school is maintained. St James’ welcomes those of other faiths and those of no faith, but who respect the moral values of the School.  (The term ‘Ex-Offico’ is used here to describe someone who is entitled to be a governor of the school because of their job role). For more information about being a school governor, visit:  or contact the Clerk to Governors: