Governance at Totley All Saints

Governance at Totley All Saints

As Governors, we are proud of our school and proud to be part of the Diocese of Sheffield Academies Trust. The children work hard and are very well-behaved, but they are also recognised as being individuals and given plenty of opportunities to have fun; the teaching staff put in a huge number of hours into preparing and delivering lessons while also giving the children the care and attention they need; and the other staff ensure that everything runs smoothly (and deal with the lunchtime grazed knees!).


‘Both the local governing body and the trust board monitor the school effectively. School performance is monitored rigorously by the governing body through regular meetings and visits to the school. Governors show a strong understanding of the strengths and areas for development of the school and are aware of the extent to which pupils are learning more and remembering more of the ambitious curriculum. The governing body possesses a wide range of skills and expertise. Governors share the executive headteacher’s strong vision and high aspirations for pupils’ achievements. They are rigorous in holding school leaders to account for the welfare and achievement of pupils’.

This would show that the school is in safe hands!

The Local Governing Body and DSAT Trustees work together to ensure Totley All Saints achieves the highest standards possible and continually improves.

  • More information regarding accountability and the areas delegated to be the responsibility of the Local Governing Body by DSAT is outlined here CLICK HERE
  • To find out more about the DSAT Board of Directors and Trustees please CLICK HERE
  • For a copy of the pecuniary interests of the Governing Body CLICK HERE

How we work?

The full Local Governing Body (LGB) meet every term and carry out statutory roles, discussing school improvement issues, focused on the quality of education the school provides and the impact of their work. They hold leaders to account for the progress that children make.

The Strategic Group also meet termly and agree agendas and deal with statutory business items, freeing up as much time for the full LGB to discuss core business linked to learning and wellbeing.

We now have two Link Governor Groups: LGG1 Quality of Education and LGG2 Inclusion.

We have a Safeguarding Link Governor who meets the Head of School at least termly.

For full details of our work: Terms of Reference


Chair of Governors Mrs Anne Camm
Vice Chair of Governors Mr Chris Walch
Parent Mrs Louise Broddle

Mrs Helen Pocock

Trust Governors Mrs Anne Camm

Mr Chris Walch

Mrs Isabel Dunn

Mrs Marie Gledden

1 Vacancy for Trust Governor

Staff Governor Mrs Laura Cuppit
Ex-Officio Reverend Ben Tanner

Mrs Mo Andrews (Executive Headteacher)

Mrs Trudi Brown and Miss Melissa Drake (Heads of School)

Clerk to the Governors Mrs Pennie Dixon (Learn Sheffield)


Financial Information

Trust Financial Information can be found here CLICK HERE

Academies are required to publish certain information, including whether a member of staff earns more than £100,000 per annum. Currently, no members of staff at Emmanuel Junior Academy fulfil these criteria.

Full information of the School’s Financial Benchmarking can be found if you CLICK HERE

This year our meeting dates for the full Local Governing Body Meetings are:

Autumn Term: 16th November 2022

Spring Term: 17th March 2023

Summer Term: 7th July 2023


Members of the Local Governing Body are volunteers who help to run the school, At Totley All Saints they do this in partnership with our Trust DSAT (Click here for their website). Some Governors are elected (staff and parent governors) and others are appointed by DSAT.

School governors play a vital role in promoting high standards of educational achievement. They share a common belief that children should receive the best possible standard of education in all areas of their development. This is in the interests of current and future pupils.

Members of governing bodies include:

  • School staff
  • Parents of pupils
  • Member of the Church as Foundation Governors
  • Members of the public from all walks of life.

Governors are committed to serving the best interests of the school. As unpaid voluntary public servants, they help to sustain their school’s identity and provide a link with the local community. An effective governing body is a source of enormous strength to the school. School governance is the most important volunteering role in education.

Being a school governor is very rewarding.

Governors help to make sure that all our children have the very best opportunities available. Being a school Governor is an opportunity to put something back into your community, to make a difference.

WHAT DO WE DO HERE AT Totley All Saints?

In partnership with DSAT, we are responsible for the conduct of the school and have to ensure that the education provided, and the way in which the children, staff and parents are treated, are in accordance with the law and with the various regulations laid down by the authorities. But that  does not mean we try to interfere with the day-to-day running of the school – our role is that of, as they say, a ‘critical friend’. So we ask for reports on how English, Maths and other subjects are being taught and how this is reflected in the children’s progress; we ensure that every subject is taught for at least the minimum required hours; we set aside funding in the budget for new projects (such as the new outdoor gym equipment) – but we are not teachers nor school inspectors and do not try to behave as such.

We meet for full Local Governing Body meetings at least four times during the year, and we now also sit on some Link Governor Groups. We also have a Safeguarding Governor who meets with the Head of School as the Designated Safeguarding lead each term. DSAT carry out annual safeguarding audits and visits.

You can request copies of the minutes of the meetings from the school office.


In all schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the Executive Headteacher (EHT) and Head of School (HOS) to account for the educational performance of the school and pupils: constantly looking to standards and quality of provision.
  3. In Partnership with DSAT,overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent:ensuring accountability
  4. Governors get involved in the following:
  • Supporting the EHT and HOS how the budget should be spent in line with DSAT’s Scheme of Delegation;
  • Ensuring good value for money;
  • Making sure the curriculum provides for and stretches all pupils;
  • Making sure the school buildings are welcoming, safe and well used;
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s values, aims and policies;
  • Appointing staff and making sure the right development and reward arrangements are in place.
  • Working with DSAT to appoint senior staff. 

Our Instrument of Governance shows the make-up of our Governing Body to be:

  • 5 Trust Board foundation governors
  • 2 elected parent governors
  • 1 elected staff governor
  • 1 headteacher (ex-officio)
  • 1 Vicar (ex-officio)* ex officio foundation governor” means a person who is a foundation governor by virtue of an office held by the person


All governing bodies have a core group of governors consisting of:-

Governors who are elected from the parent body:

– Are elected as representatives of the interests of parents of pupils currently attending the school.

– Can continue to serve as a governor until the end of their four year term of office, even if their child leaves the school during the period.

– May express their personal views at governing body meetings, however it is expected that these views would be representative of the interests of the parents at the school.

– Should keep “in tune” with the concerns and opinions of the majority of parents.

However, it is important that when decisions are made, individual governors exercise their best judgement when contributing to the decision of the governing body.

 Trust Board Foundation Governors:

– Trust Board Governors are invited by other governors to join the governing body. They are appointed by the PCC in consultation with the existing governors of the school based upon the advice and recommendation of the existing Governors.

– Trust Board Foundation governors usually live or work in the community of the school area and are committed to the good government and success of the school.

– Community members bring their own experience or skills to the governing body and can act as a link with the community in which the school serves. They are often selected for the skills that they are able to bring so that is a balance of skills to support the three key responsibilities outlined above; finance, health and safety experience, community or church working etc


– Staff governors are elected from among the staff (all staff employed at the school)

– Staff governors may give the views of the staff to the governing body, they are also free to give their own personal views and exercise their best judgement when contributing to the decisions of the governing body.

There is also the Chair of Governors, the vicar, the Headteacher and the Clerk to the Governing Body.

In addition to the Governor roles, four further individuals help to make up the Governing Body.

  1. The Chair of Governors provides leadership and direction to the Governing body and provides a vital link between the Executive Headteacher, Governors and the local community. The Chair of Governors and the Vice Chair are appointed through nomination and election by the Governing Body at the beginning of the school year.
  2. The Executive Headteacher sits on the Governing Body and provides regular updates and details of all aspects of school life and links with the local community. The Executive Headteacher provides regular reports to the Governing Body and updates on all developments.
  3. The Clerk to the Governing body fulfils a key role as both the minute taker and advisor on all matters relating to governance and assists the Chairperson in developing the agendas for the particular meetings.The Clerk is often a bought in service from either an LA Governor Services or through a Private arrangement/Provider.


There are two parent governors at Totley All Saints, and when a vacancy arises all parents are notified and given the opportunity to volunteer. Elections are held if more than one person is interested for each vacancy. We have a great relationship with parents and this shows – there are always people who are prepared to give their time to join us on the governing body.

You don’t need many special skills to become a governor, apart from a wish to help the school, but if you do have any particular talents that you think might be useful then please let us know.


All the minutes of the Governing Body meetings are held in the school office. Copies of non-confidential minutes can be requested from Reception. The website is a good way of keeping up to date with all aspects of school life. If you have a concern or a point of view to share, please come and speak to us.

There are lots of ways of sharing your views with us. As many of our governors are also parents of children at school, we can often be found around at the beginning and end of the school day. We will also be arranging specific opportunities and times throughout the school year to hear from you and keep in touch.

Alternatively, you can always leave us a note at the school office or drop us an e-mail to the above address and we will get in touch with you.


Governors Attendance at Meetings:

To find out which meetings our Local Governors have attended, please click on the following:

TASS Governor Attendance 2020-22

TASS Governor Attendance 2019-20


Terms Of Reference
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