Norton St Nicholas C of E (VA) Primary and Nursery School

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Governing Body Terms of Reference

Instrument of Government


  1. The name of the school is Norton St Nicholas Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School
  2. The school is a voluntary aided school.
  3. The name of the governing body is The Governing Body of Norton St Nicholas Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School.
  4. The governing body shall consist of
    1. two parent governors
    2. one LA governor
    3. one staff governor
    4. one headteacher governor
    5. eight foundation governors
    6. one co-opted governor
  5. The total number of governors is fourteen.
  6. The foundation governors shall comprise:
    1. one ex offcio, being subjec to paragraph 7(a)
    2. two appointed by the Dioecesan Board of Education
    3. five appointed by the Parochial Church Council in whose parish the school is situated.
    1. The holder of the following office shall be a foundation governor ex officio: the principal officiating minister (ie the incumbent or priest in charge of the parish in which the school is situated or a team vicar with a special cure of souls for the area in which the school is situated)
    2. The Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry in which the school is situated shall appoint a foundation governor to act in place of the ex officio foundation governor whose governorship derives from the office named in (a) abaove, in the event that the ex officio governor is unable or unwilling to act as a foundation governor, or has been removed from office under regulation 23 of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2003, or there is a vacancy in the office by virtue of which the governorship exists.
  8. The Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry in which the school is situated, in consultation with the Diocesan Director of Education, may, under regulation 23 of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2003, request the removal of the ex-officio foundation governor and, in the event of the request being accepted, they may appoint a substitute governor.
  9. Ethos of the school

Recognising its historic foundation, teh school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve the whole of its community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience if ofers to all its pupils.

10. A copy of this instrument must be supplied to every member of the governing body (and the headteacher if not a governor), any trustees and to the appropriate religious body.

11. This instrument of government comes into effect on 5 September 2014.

12. This instrument was made by order of Hertfordshire County Council on 5 September 2014.