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The Governing Board of East Boldon Infant School works with the Head Teacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement. The core functions of the Governing Board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance of staff and;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school, and making sure its money is well spent.

Key issues that have faced the Governing Board during 2019-20

  • A very tight budget which meant the GB having to think very carefully about financial priorities before setting a budget. As a result, the school applied for extra funding through the Schools Forum.
  • Responding to a global pandemic (COVID-19 outbreak) resulting in a full school closure and impact on children, staff and whole community. Ensuring all Risk Assessments and policies are completed in line with Government Guidelines.


The overall aim of the governing body is to assist the school in ensuring that the outstanding education the school provides is sustained and developed, through monitoring the clear priorities for improvement as outlined in the School Improvement Plan. This involves providing a strategic view, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability.

Priorities during 2019-20 have included:

  • To increase the number of children achieving the expected standard and greater depth in writing at the end of KS1 (81%+)
  • To ‘up-level’ the use of quality texts across English/Literacy lessons, ensuring high standards of vocabulary use.
  • Pupils have access to a Learning Challenge curriculum across school, ensuring clear Intent, Implementation and Impact.
  • To raise profile of well being within school and begin steps to become a Kindness school.
  • To monitor strategies and interventions for our SEN children to support their higher level of needs.
  • Embed high quality outdoor provision access within EYFS.


Assessment of the impact of the Governing Board on the school during 2019-20

The governors in their role as ‘critical friend’ support and challenge the school, through careful monitoring of priorities for improvement. Impact is evidenced through:

  • Termly reports from headteacher on progress and performance of the school.
  • Analysis of school data and ASP to monitor progress and achievement of pupils, to ensure high standards are maintained.
  • Ensuring policies and procedures are in place and adhered to, including child protection, safeguarding and safer recruitment
  • Careful monitoring of budget, including 3 year forecast and benchmarking with similar schools locally and nationally to ensure best value.
  • Performance management of headteacher
  • Monitoring the implementation of the School Development Priorities through visits and liaison with subject leaders/SLT.



Composition of the Governing Board

 3 Parent Governors

  • 1 Head Teacher
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 6 Co-opted Governors


Committees of the Governing Board


Resources Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Appeals Committee

Disciplinary Committee

Complaints Committee


Chair of Governors

Mr M Hamilton


Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs P Imrie