Purpose and objectives of the Governing Body

The Governing Body has a number of responsibilities. The Governing Body acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the school’s senior leadership team, however governors are not involved in the day-to-day operational management of the school.

Establishing strategic direction: set the vision, values and objectives for the school; agreeing the school improvement strategy/plan with priorities and targets; meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability: appointing the Headteacher; holding the Headteacher to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening the Headteacher’s leadership; performance managing the Headteacher; engaging with stakeholders; contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity: setting the budget; monitoring spending against the budget; ensuring value for money is obtained; ensuring risks to the organisation are managed


The Governing Body consists of 20 posts:

9 Community Governors: these are volunteers from the local community and are elected by the rest of the Governing Body, in line with national guidelines. They provide experience and continuity and the opportunity to ensure there is the right skill set on the Governing Body

7 Parent Governors: nominated and elected by parents/carers

3 Staff Governors: nominated and elected by staff

The Headteacher

All Governors are subject to re-election every four years (with the exception of the Headteacher). Governors attend training to equip them to fulfil their role. 

If you have any queries about the Governing Body or an interest in becoming a Governor please contact us at governors@dorcan.co.uk

The Dorcan Academy
St. Paul’s Drive
Covingham, Swindon
Wiltshire SN3 5DA
Switchboard: 01793 525231
Fax: 01793 431461
Email: enquiries@dorcan.co.uk
The Dorcan Academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales under company number 07831414. The registered office is St. Paul’s Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 5DA.