Every school in the UK has to have a governing body and we are part of the largest volunteer force in the country. Governors come from many walks of life and are drawn from the parents, staff and wider community bringing together a wide range of experiences, skills and views.

Our role is to support the Head teacher and staff to ensure the school is well run and pupils receive a good education. The Governing body is responsible for appointing, challenging and acting as a critical friend to the Head teacher. Together, we set the strategic direction of the school and monitor progress. We ensure the school is run on a sound financial basis and the money is well-spent. The Governing body is accountable for the school’s performance to Ofsted and we also consider complaints and hear appeals.

The Wessex governing body consists of 11 governors:

  • The Head teacher
  • One staff governor, elected by the teaching staff
  • One local authority governor appointed by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Four parents governors, elected by parents
  • Four co-opted governors, appointed from the local community by the governing body

The standard term of office for a governor is 4 years and however appointed, all governors have equal status. We are supported by a Clerk who attends all meetings and takes minutes. The Chair and Vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The full governing body meets several times each academic year, but much of the work is done through committees reporting to the full governing body. The two main committees at Wessex are Resources, dealing with financial planning, buildings and health and safety and Standards concerned with quality of teaching, target setting and progress of all pupils.

Governors meetings are usually held in the evening and we attend training to help us keep up to date with key issues and changes in schools and education. We may also go into school during the working day to meet with the Head teacher, other members of staff and pupils in relation to specific subject link roles or to represent governors at parent’s evenings.

If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact us via the school office ( or by contacting the Clerk ( to the Governors – Liz Bharj.

We are proud of Wessex School and recognise the hard work of Mr. Woodbridge, his staff and all the pupils. As governors we aspire to Wessex Primary being an outstanding school with outstanding leadership, learning and facilities.