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Downs View Infant School


The Governing Body of our school is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that pupils receive high quality education and that the conduct of the school reflects this aim
  • Working with the Co-Headteachers on the strategic planning and management of the school
  • Considering and agreeing the aims and policies of the school
  • Discussing and approving the targets for improvement
  • Setting and monitoring the budget
  • Monitoring the performance of the school
  • Reporting to the parents and community on how we have accomplished our tasks 

If you would like to speak to our chair of governors, Diane Turner please contact the school office (office@downs-view.kent.sch.uk) and we will put you in touch

Governors link communities and schools

Governors are the link between the school, the community and representatives of all those with an interest in the well-being and reputation of the school.

 We are all volunteers working in our own time, and we are all busy people. However, we feel that we gain much in personal development as well as a feeling of satisfaction that we have played an important part in improving education in the local community. There are opportunities to work with others on all aspects of strategic planning and management including financial oversight and personnel issues.  

 Team working

We work together as a team. Sometimes the whole governing body is involved and sometimes we work in pairs or smaller working groups. This gives us the chance to develop specific interests of our own as well as for the benefit of the whole governing body. Many employers, particularly in education, are understanding and appreciative of the additional personal and professional development being a school governor can bring. Some will even offer volunteering/civic duty release time for governing duties.  

 Different people

The governing body seeks individuals from as many different backgrounds as possible in order to fully reflect the community the school serves. Everyone has something to offer. Specific training (free) is available to develop an understanding of school finance and budgeting, strategic planning, and personnel issues. There are staff in local education offices and headquarters to support and advise individuals and the governing body in their responsibilities.


Governors can make a real difference to the performance of the school and have a real part to play in making the school successful. If you are interested in joining us to help improve education for the children in this school [please contact office@downs-view.kent.sch.uk]

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