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The Governing Body of Elm Park Primary School


Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that they do.


The role of the governing body is critical to the effectiveness of the school, and here at Elm Park Primary School we focus on core strategic functions, as set out by the Department for Education:


  • setting vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


It is our role to provide both support and challenge, and ensure accountability in all areas, whilst remembering that the day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the head teacher. The governing body is answerable and accountable to pupils, parents, the wider community the Local Authority and Department for Education.



How does the governing body operate?


Each individual governor is a member of the governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body and decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body. 

The governing body meet at least three times a term, usually on a Tuesday in the early evening. At these full governing body meetings we discuss any areas of concern, take any required actions, and monitor the outcomes of any previous or ongoing activities. We set aims and objectives, and agree, monitor and review policies, targets, priorities and ongoing progress of the school as a whole.

We also meet twice a year on a Saturday to review the performance and development of the governing body.

There are also committees for Head teacher Performance Management, and Pay, although these committees meet less frequently.


As well as regularly attending full governing body and committee meetings, governors take time to visit the school at least twice a year and get to know its staff, pupils and parents both formally and informally.


Each governor also has responsibilities for specific issues within the school such as safeguarding, and inclusion, health and safety and will work more closely with school staff involved in these areas.



Who are the school governors?


In January 2014 the governing body elected to reconstitute under the 2012 School Governance Regulations. We took this decision as it allowed us to change the numbers and types of governors we have and to appoint more people on the basis of the skills they could bring.


As a result, the governing body at Elm Park Primary School consists of:

  • the head teacher
  • one staff governor, elected by the staff
  • one appointed local authority governor
  • two parent governors, elected by parents at the school
  • six co-opted governors, appointed by the governing body


The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year. Our current constitution permits up to 11 members of the governing body plus any number of Associate members who do not have voting rights. It is not the purpose of those elected to act as lobby groups for their constituency (eg parents or staff); instead all governors contribute equally to the strategic oversight of the governing body.


If you are interested in becoming a school governor  please contact the Chair of Governors; Lorraine Earle via the school office email



Minutes - to be requested via the school office

Contact Lorraine Earle, Chair of Governors

via email on:

via post to Private and Confidential, Lorraine Earle c/o Elm Park Primary School, South End Road, Elm Park, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 5UA