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Our Governing Body

About the governing body

Greenshaw High School is an academy in the Greenshaw Learning Trust. You can find out more about the governance of the Trust here.

The school is overseen by its governing body under the authority delegated to it by the Trust. The governing body is responsible for the strategic leadership of the school, for the school’s financial and academic performance, and for holding the headteacher to account.

Governors act collectively as the governing body, exercising their powers in a primarily strategic leadership role; they should not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school.

The governing body can establish committees, but members of committees are not governors unless they are also members of the Governing Body. Greenshaw operates two committees that together cover the work of the school and the responsibilities of the governors: resources committee and learning committee.

As well as attending governing body meetings, governors are expected to be a member of at least one committee and to engage in appropriate governor and school activities. Governors also serve on various panels that decide on specific matters such as grievance, complaints and staff appointments.

The governing body generally meets four times a year and each committee once per term.

Governors are appointed in a number of different ways:

  • Trust governors are appointed by the board of trustees. A trust governor is a person appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.

  • Parent governors are elected by ballot of all parents and carers of current students. A parent governor must be a parent of a pupil at the academy at the time of their election; parent governors are elected by a secret ballot of all parents of registered pupils at the academy.

  • Community governors are appointed by the governing body to reflect its community and stakeholders.

  • Staff governors must be employed in that capacity by the academy, and will cease to be a governor if they cease to work for the academy; teaching staff governors are appointed by the governing body following a secret ballot of all teaching staff; non-teaching staff governors are appointed by the governing body following a secret ballot of all non-teaching staff.

  • The headteacher is a governor ex-officio.

Chair of Governors is Mr C Raven. Mr Raven can be contacted through the clerk to the governing body (below).

All governors except the headteacher serve for a term of office of four years, but can be reappointed.

Find out more about the Greenshaw Learning Trust here.

For further information, contact the clerk to the governing body, Laura Marchese, at