Governance in our schools

Governance in Our Schools

“There can never have been a more important time in our county’s recent history to be involved in education, and we need skilled and motivated governors who are committed to transforming our schools”.

Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools


Discovery Schools Academy Trust aims to improve outcomes for children through the provision of an outstanding education for all, and governors and advisory board members of DSAT schools share this vision and play a vital role in helping shape the future of our schools to ensure we are achieving our goals.

Working closely with the school’s senior leaders governors seek to raise standards and achievement through the appropriate use of all available resources. Governors’ key responsibilities are to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Both support and challenge the Headteacher, holding them to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors are volunteers from the local community who represent a wide range of backgrounds and professions and bring a broad and varied experience to the governing body or advisory board. Typically the term of office is four years, and governors meet as a full team for at least six formal meetings during the school year, as well as sub-committee meetings.

Alongside this, governors are involved in many aspects of school life as well as with the wider trust community. Governors are actively encouraged to share and establish best practice with other governors from across the trust through a robust induction process and an ongoing programme of training tailored for DSAT governors; click here for training programme 2016/17.

Four schools across the Trust have opted to reform their governing bodies as advisory boards. It has been a local choice to move to a new structure to address capacity issues within their governing body. An advisory board is the school’s guidance body at a local level. It is responsible for promotion of good conduct and high standards in all areas of the school’s work. The advisory board aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

We greatly value all our governors and advisory board members and we acknowledge that each and every one of you has something different to offer in terms of the depth and range of skills and experience you bring. We want to maximise your contribution and place high expectations on our Governors. DSAT is always keen to hear from people who may be interested in finding out more about our work; initial contact can be made through the clerk.


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