The governing body is the schools accountable body and is responsible for the conduct of the school. The governing body is therefore responsible for establishing the strategic vision & aims, target setting and financial budget.

Although school governors can be best likened to the role of non-executive directors of a public company, they work as a team with the Headteacher to support in raising the standards of the school and acting as the 'critical friend'.

In addition to promoting high standards of education the governing body also appoints the Headteacher.

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The remit of the Governing Body:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Please note that: Minutes of Meetings are a matter of public record and copies of which can be inspected at the school office.

School Governors can be contacted via the Chair of Governors Mrs J Cayless on or by contacting the school office - click here for contact details.

William Harding School Governing Body 2018 - 2019

Mrs J Cayless (Chair) - Co-opted Governor (

Miss T Cotchin * - Headteacher

Mr A Sherwell - Co-opted Governor

Mrs M Mead - Parent Governor

Mrs J Smith - Parent Governor

Mrs A Mapplethorpe - Co-opted Governor

Mr J Archer - Staff Governor

Miss R Hubbard - Co-opted Governor

Mrs C Holborow - Associate Governor

The Clerk of Governing Body is Mrs R Newell.

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Click here for Governor's attendance at Governing Body meetings and committee meetings 2017-18

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The term of office for a School Governor is 4 years, there is no upper limit on the number of terms a school governor can serve at William Harding.

It should be noted that all school governors at William Harding School are regularly Government DBS checked (formerly called CRB checks).

The Governing Body and its sub-committees meet termly and is structured as follows:

  • Full Governing body

  • Finance & Personnel committee

  • Teaching & Learning committee

  • Premises, Health & Safety committee

  • Extended Services committee

Listed below are the required procedural documents for William Harding School Governing Body

Instrument of Governance

Governing Body Code of Conduct

Governing Body Committees Terms of reference

Governing Body Standing Orders