Instrument of Government and Terms of Reference

Instrument of Government

The name of the governing body is 'The governing body of Pauntley Church of England Primary School.'

The governing body shall consist of:

  • 3 parent governors
  • 1 LA governor
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 headteacher
  • 2 foundation governors

Foundation governors shall be appointed by Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education after consultation with Pauntley Parochial Church Council.

The principal officiating minister of the ecclesiastical parishes of Pauntley shall be a foundation governor ex officio.

The Governing Body meets at least six times per school year.

The Terms of Reference for the Governing Body can be found below.


The Governing Body's Terms of reference are as follows:


  • To agree constitutional matters*, including procedures where the Governing Body has discretion
  • To ensure that the School has a clear School Development Plan with clear strategic priorities and objectives
  • To recruit new members as vacancies arise and to appoint new governors* where appropriate
  • To hold at least six Governing Body meetings a year*
  • To appoint or remove the Chair and Vice Chair*
  • To appoint or remove a Clerk to the Governing Body*
  • To establish the committees of the Governing Body and their terms of reference*
  • To appoint the Chair of any committee (if not delegated to the committee itself)
  • To appoint or remove a Clerk to each committee*
  • To suspend a governor*
  • To decide which functions of the Governing Body will be delegated to committees, groups and individuals*
  • To receive reports from any individual or committee to whom a decision has been delegated and to consider whether any further action by the Governing Body is necessary*
  • To approve the first formal budget plan of the financial year
  • To keep the Health and Safety Policy and its practice under review and to make revisions where appropriate
  • To review the delegation arrangements annually*
  • Review school’s SATs results – Determine action as appropriate
  • To ensure that there is a comprehensive programme of Governor visits annually at the School with clear objectives and outcomes in line with the School’s Development Plan
  • To meet twice a year with parents in an open forum

*these matters cannot be delegated to either a committee or an individual

Membership - As per the Instrument of Government

Quorum - One half of the Governors in post

Disqualification - as per Regulation 20 and Schedule 6 of the Constitution Regulations