What do school governors do?

Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education. Raising educational standards in school is now a key priority. Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the schools aims and policies. They do this together with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

The governing body’s main role is to help raise standards of achievement. It:

  • Is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • Plans the school's future direction
  • Selects the Head teacher
  • Makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing
  • Makes sure the National Curriculum is taught
  • Decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • Makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs

Our Governing Body:

There are currently 8 governors who serve as part of our Governing Body. Non-confidential Minutes from our Governor meetings are available from the school office if you wish to view them.

Chair of Governors:  Katie Pierce 
Vice-Chair: Adam Friend (Vicar - Ex officio)

Governors' Register of Interests

Teaching and Learning

A big welcome from the governors here at Duddon St Peter’s Primary School. The Governing Body is an elected group including teachers, support staff, parents and members of the local community. We work as a team with the Head teacher for the benefit of all the pupils and staff at Duddon.

We are all volunteers and have a diverse background. We are here to give the school a strategic direction and to act as ‘a critical friend’, helping to guide the school to improving the standard of education for all our children. We do not get involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, but set the criteria by which the school is managed.

We ensure that local and national government legislation and targets are met, that we spend our school budget wisely, that the safety of everyone is paramount, and that the curriculum is delivered to benefit all children. Governors take an active role in the school, not only attending meetings but undertaking visits to classrooms and accompanying school trips too.

A copy of the Part One minutes of Governing Body meetings is available from the school office, on request.


Further details of our governor


Becky Butcher: Parent governor and SEND governor

I am a parent governor and local resident, having moved to the area in  2019. My professional background is in children and families social work  and I have a number of years experience in both child protection and  looked after children teams. I currently work for a local primary school in a  safeguarding/family support role and look forward to bringing my  experience and knowledge of safeguarding and the care system to the  Board of Governors.