Governing Body Structure and Information

What are they?

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to monitor, to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

Who are the governors?
The governing body now consists of:

  • The headteacher
  • One elected staff governors
  • One appointed local authority governors
  • Five elected parent governors
  • Seven co-opted governors
  • One associate member

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.

The current chair of governors is Mrs Liz Court, who can be contacted via the school office.

Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees. At Woodcroft, we have the following committees:

  • Curriculum and Standards: Chair Liz Court
  • Finance and Personnel: Chair Richard Burrows
  • Premises and Safety (Including Safeguarding): Donna Dolphin

Each term the chair of each committee, plus the headteacher, publishes a report outlining the work of that committee. Go to the ‘Governance Reports’ for further information.

It is the Governors’ responsibility monitor standards within the school and ensure statutory duties are being carried out. Each Governor also takes a strategic responsibility for particular subject or aspect of school life.

Click on the link below to view details of the current Governing and an outline of their responsibilities, including attendance at meetings:

Governor Details, Attendance and Register of Interests 2016 – 17

An overview of governor responsibilities and the most recent effectiveness audit can be downloaded by clicking here


The link below is a record of governor and attendance and responsibility for the previous academic years:

Governor Attendance and Responsibility 2015-16


Further information about school governors and information about how to become a school governors can be found on the the London Borough of Barnet website: click here

A helpful document, Becoming a School Governor, can be found by clicking here.