Orchards Governing Body


Thank you for visiting the Governor's section of our school's website. In this section, you will find information about who our Governor are and their main duties/roles.

The role of a Governing Body:

The main role of a Governing Body is to provide the best possible eduction for their pupils. They work strategically, helping to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement. Governors monitor and evaluate the progress towards priorities and targets, including completeing the Headteacher's performance management.

Along with this, Governors also act as a 'critical friend' to the school and ensure accountability of the Governing Body to parents and of the Headteacher to the Governing Body. These responisbilities are exercised in partnership with the Headteacher and staff.

The Governors work closely with the Headteacher. While they are responsible for setting the strategic direction of school, they do not take responibility for the day-to-day running of school – this is the responsibility of the Headteacher.

Our Governing body is made up of 15 individuals from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience to our school. Some of our governors are parents and staff and some are from the wider community. The Full Governing Body meets once a half term, and there are three sub-committees; the minutes of all Governing Body meetings are available to all parents.

The Governors have responsibilty in a number of areas including:

  • curriculum and conduct of the school
  • children with special educational needs
  • overseeing the school budget
  • appointment and disciplinary procedures with regard to staff
  • discipline and attendance of pupils
  • community use of school
  • extended services

Meet our Governors:

Membership of Committees:

Full Governors:

Chair – Ann Purt     Vice Chair – Betty Hasler

Data and Curriculum Committee:

Chair – Betty Hasler

Michelle Gillett; Maggie Barwell, Nicola Parker

Staffing Committee:

Chair – Ann Braithwaite

Ann Purt, Maggie Barwell, Neil Gardner; Nicola Parker

Finance and Premises Committee:

Chair – Alan Rust

Veronica Marsden, Ann Purt; Nicola Parker


Interested in being a Governor? We currently have no vacancies however, if you are interested in becoming a school governor please contact Mrs Purt or enquire in the school office (click here to 'Contact Us').

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Orchards Governing Body Pecuniary Interests

Mon 23 January 2017

At present no Governor has any relevant business or pecuniary interests.

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