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The Role of the Governors

The Governing Body has a range of duties and powers which broadly are:

The Governing Body

The three key roles of our Governing Body are:

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

An Academy and a Church School

Westwoodside is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary Academy and as such has a special ethos centred on the Christian faith. We have close links with St Nicholas’ Church Haxey and representatives of the diocese of Lincoln serve on the governing body as Foundation Governors. We are a stand-alone Academy which means the Governors are also directors of the company known as Westwoodside Church of England Academy Trust.  Being an Academy means that we receive our funding monthly directly from the Government and we employ all our staff directly. We still buy some services from the Local Authority but we have some extra freedoms such as the ability to choose our own curriculum.   The Governing Body is overseen by the Members of the Academy Trust who comprise of the three original ,signatories to the Memorandum of Association(one of whom is the Chair of Governors), a representative of the Diocese of Lincoln and a local Businessman. 

The members of the trust are currently, Guy Howitt, Alex Jenman, Maria Potter, Paul Thompson (representing Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board of Finance Ltd) and Mr N Craven.  Mrs Potter is Chair and can be contacted via email:

The Governing Body

As a stand-alone Academy our Articles of Association set out the number and type of governors required. We have 6 different types and a total of 15 places on the governing body.

2 Parent Governors – Appointed by members, elected by parents, chosen from parents of children registered to attend school. Parents nominate themselves and if there are more nominations than vacancies, then there is an election at which all parents can vote.

4 Appointed Governors – Governors recruited and appointed by Members of the Academy Trust. This number will vary depending on the number of co-opted governors.

Co-opted Governors – Up to three governors may be recruited and appointed by the Governing Body.

2 Foundation Governors - representing the Church and appointed by Lincoln Diocese.

2 Staff Governors – A teaching and non-teaching staff representative.

2 Ex- Officio Governors, this is the Head Teacher and the incumbent at St Nicholas Church Haxey, who remain governors for as long as they are in post. Other Governors have a term of office of 4 years from the date they are appointed.

Full Governing Body Meetings.

The Full Governing Body meets termly but there are many tasks that need undertaking and to operate efficiently we have established committees to whom some of our responsibilities are delegated. Each Committee usually meets twice a term or more frequently if required, at a mutually convenient time at school.  We currently have three main committees.

  • Resources
  • Curriculum
  • The Strategic Planning Committee

Wherever possible minutes of these meetings will be published on the website and are available at the school office.

Governors can be contacted via the school office or the Chair can be emailed at     or by post to:

Mrs M. Potter

c/o Westwoodside Church of England Academy, Nethergate, Westwoodside, DN9 2DR