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Welcome to the Governors' section

St. Saviours School is a Voluntary Aided Church of England school in the Diocese of Southwark and the Parish of Herne Hill. The Governors are responsible for the appointment of staff, admissions, RE syllabus and performance of the School within the frameworks set out by OFSTED, the LA and the Diocese of Southwark. As a Church of England foundation, the school is dedicated to the maintenance of the Christian character of the school.

Governors are appointed by the Diocese of Southwark, the Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Herne Hill, School staff, Parents of children at the School, and the London Borough of Lambeth, with those appointed by the Church of England being in the majority.

In addition, governors may also ask professionals with skills considered necessary to the Board's work, to join the governing body as an Associate Governor.  An Associate Governor will serve the Board in an advisory capacity for a limited period of time.  They may not vote on any decisions taken by the Board of Governors concerning the school.


To contact the Chair of Governors, please leave a letter at the school office or email:  Your correspondence will be forwarded immediately.  




The Governing body acts as a critical friend of the school.  They work closely with the headteacher and make decisions collectively as a team. They conduct their business through meetings, using relevant documents and advice from the headteacher for guidance.

The Governing body meets at least 4 times  a year as a whole body, and at least once a term in committees to monitor and revise School policies, check that the School is complying with the law, monitor the budget, ensure safeguarding and support for children, and to develop a strategic framework for school development. Governors also hear appeals in the case of exclusions from school or complaints.


The legal responsibilities of the Governing body are to:

  • Help raise standards of education and achievement
  • Plan the school’s future direction
  • Take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • Manage the school budget, including staff numbers and pay
  • Make sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, and that National Curriculum is taught
  • Set targets of achievement
  • Report National Curriculum assessments and examination results to parents
  • Decide how the school encourages pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • Making sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs
  • They are accountable to parents and the wider community for the school’s performance
  • Draw an action plan after an Ofsted inspection
  • Appoint the headteacher and participate in the appointment of senior staff;
  • Regulate staff conduct and discipline.



Guidance on the role of governors is provided by the Department for EducationNational College of Teaching and Leadership and the National Governors Association.



The governing body consists of:


  1. Three parent governors;
  2. One Co-opted governor;
  3. One LA governor;
  4. One headteacher;
  5. One staff governor;
  6. Nine foundation governors


When there is a vacancy for a parent-governor, all parents are informed, and asked if they wish to join. If there are more applicants than places, a secret ballot is arranged.



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