Governing Body Vision


The governors believe that at our school every child is important and although their abilities vary we value the contribution each one makes to school life.  Our aim is to ensure each one enjoys learning and is helped to make the maximum possible progress.


During their voyage aboard the Sarisbury Challenger the children experience a wide range of learning opportunities. We see their time with us as the start of a journey, setting them on course to sail the seas to success and achieve their aspirations.  We hope they look back on their time at Sarisbury with affection and happy memories, and a recognition that our support helped shape the people they have become.


We offer them a safe and inclusive setting in which to achieve this because we have a dedicated staff team who work closely with governors and parents.


At our last inspection OFSTED deemed us to be an ‘outstanding’ school; we are determined to remain such and work constantly to maintain and improve our standards.


The Role of the Governing Body


    As the school’s accountable body its key functions are to


  • set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team;
  • set the aims and objectives for the school, and agree policies and targets for achieving them;


  • 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);


  • hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • oversee the financial performance of the school, ensuring that the school’s budget is properly managed and the money well spent.


Governors visit the school on a regular basis to monitor and evaluate progress in achieving aims and objectives set out in the School Improvement Plan. We also play an active part in school life by supporting school events, attending assemblies etc.


Governing Body Structure


Our governing body consists of 14 governors, who are appointed for a 4 year term of office.  Between us we represent various elements of the local community and cover a wide range of expertise and skills.


Governors undertake additional training as appropriate to assist us in our duties and we strive to develop our governing body as well as the school.


In September 2017 the governing body agreed to cease having committees and to put all business through the Full Governing Body Meeting which meets monthly.


2 vice chairs were elected to take the lead on Teaching and Learning and Resources.


We continue to have a


  • Pay Committee


  • Head Teacher Review Panel


  • Building and Environment Working Party.


These report to FGB. The new structure will be reviewed in July 2018 



Our Governor Newletter

The Navigator - July 2017

The Navigator December 2017

Navigator July 18

The Navigator December 2018

The Navigator April 2019