The governors at Archbishop Sumner School work with the school to ensure that it delivers a high quality education. The Headteacher is responsible for the overall management of the school. The governing body holds the headteacher to account, makes sure the school’s money is well spent and together with the headteacher sets the school's aims and agrees its policies.

The full governing body meets once every half-term to assess the school’s performance against its aims, question and challenge the headteacher and agree plans for the future.

There are also a number of governor committees that meet termly, where particular issues such as admissions, the curriculum and results, resources, and the school’s relationship with pupils, parents and the local community are discussed in detail.

Sometimes the governors create temporary working groups to address more specific questions. For example, there is currently a working group considering the opportunities and challenges around expanding the school.

Many governors take responsibility for monitoring a particular curriculum area (e.g. literacy) or other aspect of school life (e.g. behaviour and attendance). Governors visit the school regularly to speak with the member of staff responsible for their area and see classes in action.

Governors welcome speaking with parents, staff members and anyone else involved in the school, as this is crucial to their work. However, any specific questions, issues or concerns should be raised directly with a member of staff or the headteacher.

If you would like to know more about the governing body and what it does, or are interested in becoming a governor, please speak to any of the governors or Mrs Ovenden or send an email to governor.abs@googlemail.com.