Our Governing Board

The Role of the Governing Board
Governors are volunteers who care about the school and give their time to help it to thrive and  become  a better place.
Their core role is:
  • to help set the school vision and aims
  • to be a critical friend by supporting and challenging the headteacher
  • to monitor and evaluate progress
  • to appoint senior staff
  • to oversee the school budget
  • to act in the best interests of the school at all time
How the Governing Board does its work
The full governing board meets five times a year. In between these meetings, two committees, The Resources and the Teaching and Learning Committees, meet four times a year.

The  work of the Resources Committee covers the school budget, Health and Safety,  staffing and personnel matters and the school site. The  Chair of this committee is Laura Partridge. 

The  work of the Teaching and Learning Committee covers the curriculum, teaching and learning, performance data, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), children's attendance and  safeguarding.The Chair of this committee is Mike Waterson.

Governors also take on Lead roles  and visit the school  regularly to focus on that area and report back to the relevant committee.  The current governors have taken on roles in Safeguarding, SEND, Early Years, Pupil Premium  pupils, Communications, and Buildings and Premises. 

The governors also have a role in making decisions about  disciplinary issues, pupil exclusions, staffing matters and grievances. This is done in the First Committee which only meets if necessary. If there is an appeal against the decision of the First Committee, then this would be heard by the Appeals Committee. Decisions about Pay are made by the Pay Committee.


The Chair and Vice-Chair of governors hold office for two years, and currently Mike Waterson is Chair of governors.

 The Chair can be contacted on chair@the-grove-primary.devon.sch.uk

 Please click on the links below for the  terms of reference for the Resources Committee and the Teaching and  Learning Committee. 



Meet the Governors
There are 12 governors on the governing board. They have been appointed or elected for terms of 4 years. 
Please click on the links below to find out who they are the committees that they belong to and their lead roles. 

T. 01803 862018 E. admin@the-grove-primary.devon.sch.uk