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Wantage CE Primary School

Learning for Life

"Life in abundance" John 10:10


Welcome to our Governors’ section.


The Local Governing Body (LGB) of the school consists of nine governors representing parents, the church, staff and the community.


As part of the Vale Academy Trust (VAT), the LGB operates under a Scheme of Delegation from the Board of the Trust and the VAT Board is responsible for appointing three members of the LGB. Two members of the LGB are Foundation Governors, appointed by the Diocese of Oxford. Two governors act as representatives of the parent body, the staff are represented by one staff governor and the Headteacher is an ex officio member.


The role of the LGB


The governors’ key role is to support and challenge the Headteacher and staff in their management of the school to ensure that we are delivering the very best education to the children. We promote the provision of a secure, friendly learning environment, high-quality teaching and breadth of opportunity, allowing every child to be happy at school and to flourish and reach their full potential.


Governors also contribute to the school’s development plan and have a role in overseeing the financial management of the school. The LGB meets formally six times per year, with occasional additional meetings as required. Members of the LGB take responsibility for supporting and monitoring various aspects of the life of the school that have been highlighted in the school’s development plan as well as key management areas, such as Safeguarding and Finance.


The Vale Academy Trust recognises that it is essential for governors to be well-informed and regular Governor Development evenings are arranged so that governors from all the Trust schools get together for discussion and workshops. As well as providing necessary updates and training, these offer opportunities for sharing ideas and best practice. In addition, the Chairs of Governors meet several times during the year. Members of the VAT Central Team are always willing to help and advise the LGB in its work.


If you have any questions about the governing body or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact me via the school office.


Sue Hunter

Chair of Governors