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The Local Governing Body exists to support and contribute to the strategic development of our School.

Whilst the Headteacher is responsible for the day to day leadership and management of the school, the Local Governing Body is involved in overseeing the curriculum, pupil welfare, premises, personnel and school finances at a strategic level. They monitor and evaluate the school’s  effectiveness and hold the school to account for the standards achieved and quality of education.

At Marshland St James  Primary  & Nursery School we are fortunate to have a dedicated and highly skilled team of Governors who are actively involved in the life of the school and make regular visits to see and support the work of the school.

Our Local Governing Body is made up of representatives of parents, the Local Authority, the local community, the Church and school staff.


Our current Chair of Governors is Oliver Flanagan  who can be contacted by emailing 

Local Governing Body Structure

·         Local Governing Body

·         Combined Finance and Estates and Personnel Committee

·         Standards and Ethos Committee


Local Governing Body

Chair – Oliver Flanagan


·         To implement the performance management policy.

·         To review the use of exclusion and to decide whether or not to confirm all permanent exclusions             and fixed term exclusions where the pupil is either excluded for more than 15 days in total in a               term or would lose the opportunity to sit a public examination.  (Can be delegated to Chair/Vice             Chair in cases of urgency).

·         To direct reinstatement of excluded pupils (Can be delegated to Chair/Vice Chair in cases of                     urgency).

·         To consult before setting an admissions policy.

·         Admissions: Application decisions.

·         To appeal against LA directions to admit pupil(s).

·         Responsibility for ensuring provision of RE in line with the school’s basic curriculum.

·         To ensure that all pupils take part in a daily act of collective worship.

·         Develop schools buildings strategy or master plan.

·         To institute a health and safety policy.

·         To set the times of school sessions and the dates of school terms and holidays.

·         To ensure that the school meets for 380 sessions in a school year.

·         Adoption and review of home-school agreements.

·         To recommend appointment (and removal) the Chair of the LGB.

·         To appoint and dismiss the secretary to the LGB.

·         To hold a full LGB meeting at least three times in a school year or a meeting of the temporary                  governing body as often may require.

·         To recommend appointments (and removal) of members of the LGB.

·         To set up a Register of LGB members’ Business Interests.

·         To approve and set up a LGB members’ Expenses Scheme.

·         To discharge duties in respect of pupils with special needs by appointing a ‘responsible person’.

·         To consider whether or not to exercise delegation of functions to individuals.

·         To determine the development needs of governors and put in place an appropriate program.

·         To cease providing extended school provision.

·         To ensure that the safeguarding policy is implemented.

·         To provide to the Company, on an annual basis, copies of all policies and procedures and a                     schedule for their review.

·         To develop the ethos and mission statement for individual academies, within the context of the              Trust’s ethos, aims and values.

·         To develop and propose the individual Academy budget.

·         To approve the first formal budget plan each financial year.

·         To establish a school/academy charging and remissions policy.

·         To appoint the Responsible Officer.

·         To make Deputy appointments by selection panel.

·         To appoint other teachers.

·         To develop a curriculum policy.

·         Accountability for standards of teaching.

·         Accountability for children’s education.

·         Provision of sex education – to establish and keep up to date a written policy.

·         To prohibit political indoctrination and ensuring the balanced treatment of political issues.

·         To agree targets for pupil achievement.

·         Accountability for pupil outcomes.

·         To establish a discipline policy.


Combined Finance and Estates and Personnel Committee

Chair – Oliver Flanagan


·         To monitor monthly expenditure.

·         To approve any between budget headings and/or likely budget overspends.  NB The overall                    school budget must not be in deficit at year end.

·         Miscellaneous financial expenditure outside of the agreed budget.

·         To enter into contracts (Directors will set the financial limits) up to the limits of delegation and                 within an agreed budget.

·         To make payments within agreed financial limits

·         Determining Staff complement within agreed budget

·         To ensure provision of free school meals to those pupils meeting the criteria.

·         To establish a charging and remissions policy for activities.

·         Appoint non-teaching staff.


Standards and Ethos Committee

Chair – Andy Laughton


·         To implement a curriculum policy

·         To ensure that health and safety regulations are followed.

·         To prepare and publish the school prospectus.

·         To decide to offer additional activities and to what form these should take.

·         To put into place the additional services provided.

·         To ensure delivery of services provided.

If you require any further information about the structure and remit of the members of DEMAT or the board of trustees, please contact the DEMAT office on 01353 656760. Please follow this link to visit their website: