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St Mary's Bentworth

Church of England Primary School

Love, Respect, Belong

About the Governing Body

The Governing Body has responsibility for working with the school to ensure that it delivers the best possible education for all the children in the school. Together with the Head Teacher, who has responsibility for the day-to-day management, we work with the school staff, and Education and Church Authorities.


Key roles of Governors:

  • to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • to ensure accountability for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure value for money
  • to support and challenge and undertake the role of 'critical friend' curriculum
  • to maintain positive relationships with parents and develop community links


Governors also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • determining how the school's budget is spent
  • employment relationship with staff
  • hearing appeals and grievances
  • forming policy on the school's curriculum and other activities
  • setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies


Parent surveys are conducted annually and governors can meet with parents at sharing assemblies, or by arrangement through the School Office, to listen to comments and concerns and endeavour to answer queries whenever possible.


Governors visit our school regularly to review the implementation of the School Strategic Plan, to join in school community activities and most importantly to hear the views and learn of the ideas of the children.


Link to Hampshire County Council Governor website:




"I can't put into words what St. Mary's has done for my child in one term! Thank you!"


"We are well and truly blessed with an amazing school, teaching staff, support staff and head teacher."


"Thank you for leading such a wonderful, inclusive and thriving school."


"St. Mary's is a special place. Children just love it and are embraced for who they are, with all the potential they hold!"


"I have never come across a school so friendly."


"We never doubted our move to St. Mary's but we regularly get these moments of feeling absolutely certain that it's the best place for our children - thank you."

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