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What do our Governors do?

The governors’ role is not about fund-raising, neither is it about cheer-leading for the school – though governors might do both those things. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the headteacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. In some schools the site is owned by the governing body. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

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

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

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The Principal is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

Calendar of Meetings
Waterhead Academy Local Governing Body
Chair:  Helen Stevenson ; 529 Huddersfield Road, Lees, Oldham. OL4 3NY
Governors Register of Interests
Terms of Reference for Committees
Scheme of Delegation for Local Academy Board Members

More information about the role of the governing body can be found in the Scheme of Delegation.

Who are our current Governors?

 January 2023

waterhead academy nov 2023.pdf

Business Interest


2022 23 waterhead lab register of business interests 3 .pdf


waterhead academy attendance 2022 23.pdf

Meetings schedule and Minutes of meetings

 Local Academy Board Meetings (2021-23)

local academy board meetings .pdf

 Local Academy Board Meetings (2022-23 revised) 

wa lab calendar of meetings 2022 23 revised.pdf

How to become a governor

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please call the Academy for further information. 

Before you put yourself forward, please talk to your employer. Many employers recognise the role of school governor as useful work experience and may offer paid leave as part of their initiative to give back to the community.