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    Governors play an important role in the life of our school. The Thomas Fairchild Governing board works in a strategic decision making capacity and ensures accountability in our school.

    The board has three core responsibilities:

    • Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school

    • Holding school leaders to account for the educational attainment of pupils

    • Overseeing financial resources and ensuring they are spent effectively

    The structure

    Most of the governor's work is carried out by the full governing board at committee meetings. This happens at least once a term and includes every governor who is able to attend.

    In addition, the Governing Board has one subcommittee, the Resource Committee. This committee is responsible for overseeing our school budgets and considering matters related to staffing, premises and safety. This is attended by a smaller number of Governors and is able to make some decisions on the Governing Board's behalf.

    Who are they?

    The Thomas Fairchild governing board consists of 8 governors, chaired by Chris Howard. These include the executive headteacher, parents, staff members, a representative from the local authority and co-opted governors. Each governor serves a 4 year term of office, with the exception of the executive headteacher, who always has a position on the governing board.

    Please view the Register of Business Interests below for further information about our governors.

    Chris Howard, the chair of governors, can be contacted at: