Governors – What we do…

Core functions of the governing body

Governors are volunteers who come from a range of professions and backgrounds. They bring their different skills, expertise and time to support and challenge the work done at Osborne School and Osborne College. They have the all-important strategic view, which drives the school forward to provide the very best education possible for every child.

There are three core functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

2. Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors are becoming more accountable and play an important role in the school. The best way to describe how they work is to be a ‘critical friend’, challenging and questioning through reading reports, undertaking visits, governor training and attending meetings. They keep up to date with current political trends and changes in the law relating to education.

At Osborne the governors work in a cabinet style; not having endless committees but assigning individual or pairs of governors to a particular role who then report back to the whole governing body. Meetings are held once every half term. There is also a day where they work together to set the strategic plan for the following three years.


If you’d like to know more about the work of the governing body, please contact Norma Riddle the chair, via the school email address:

Minutes of the governing body meetings can be requested at the office. 


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