Structure of our Governing Body

Please click on the links below to view the Instrument of Government.

John Rankin Schools 2016 Instrument of Government




Full Governing Body


Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.


Hold the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.


Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Overview of key activities:

Understand our school:

  • Pupil attainment and progress.
  • Pupil behaviour, attendance and safety.
  • Teaching quality and staff development.

Set our school’s strategic direction:


  • Champion our vision, values and ethos.
  • Set priorities for school improvement.
  • Consider governance structure and academy status.


Commission action:

  • Agree improvement targets and strategies.
  • Agree allocation of resources.
  • Agree how to monitor and review progress.


Performance manage our school leaders:


  • Appoint Headteacher and support their leadership.
  • Hold school leaders to account for progress.
  • Ensure financial probity and efficiency.

Check we are fit for purpose:


  • Clarify our roles and purpose.
  • Review constitution and ways of working.
  • Make sure members have necessary skills

All governors.


Also in attendance:   Clerk.

Resources & Premises Committee

Strategically manage and overview: all aspects of budget, financial control, staff, pay and all other resources, the schools' site and building facilities, including internal and external teaching space.


Ensure compliance with all current mandatory H&S regulations.

Minimum of three governors. 

Also in attendance: Clerk, School Business Manager and Site Controller.

Teaching & Learning Committee

Discuss raising standards through teaching, learning, monitoring, evaluation and the School Development Plan, strategically addressing progress and performance gaps, and keeping curriculum under review.

Minimum of three governors. 


Also in attendance: Clerk and Heads of School.

Pay Committee

To review and challenge as appropriate the Executive Headteacher’s annual pay recommendations for all staff.

Minimum of three governors. 


Also in attendance: Clerk.

Executive Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel

To undertake the Executive Headteacher’s performance review.

Three governors.

School Improvement Advisor.