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St Peter's Brafferton Church of England VA Primary School

Aspiring, believing and achieving together

About the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Governors' Vision Statement

As Governors of St Peter's Brafferton, we will work in partnership with staff and parents striving to provide outstanding leadership, strategic direction and a strong sense of Christian ethos, to create a safe and stimulating place for all children to learn and reach their full potential.

Be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 1.Peter 3:8


About school governance

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. It is the governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is the governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.


Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.  


The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

1)Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

2) Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils 

3) Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.


Volunteering to be a School Governor takes a very committed person who brings with them a wide range of knowledge and skills that should enhance the leadership process of the school. 


All school governors have to follow a robust application process and are appointed in a number of ways: through the Diocese, if the school is a Church school; by the Local Authority; or appointed (co-opted) by the governing body.


The structure of St Peter's Brafferton governing body:


  • 7 Foundation Governors  
    Appointed by the Diocese of York. Main role is along with the other members of the Governing Body,  is to ensure that the Christian ethos and character of the school is secured, preserved and developed. 
  • 1 Local Authority Governor 
    Appointed by the Local Authority
  • 2 Parent Governors 
    Appointed by the Parents of the school and who are parents of the school
  • 2 Staff Governors 
    Appointed by the staff of the school and who are staff within the school
  • Associate Governors (2 at present)
    Appointed by the Governing body, based on the skills and experience they have to offer. They do not have voting rights.


The Headteacher of St Peter's Brafferton Primary School is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management support and advice, and to act as a "critical friend", supporting the work of the Headteacher and other members of staff. The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board. 


Contact the Governing Body

To contact St Peter’s Brafferton Governing Body, please email the Chair of Governors on:


Click here to read the Annual Statement 2019-2020 for our Governing Body