What do Governors do?

The Governors are the people who are responsible for running the school.

Their main duties are to:

  • Make sure your child gets a broad and balanced education
  • Decide how the school budget should be spent
  • Monitor the standards being achieved
  • Choose and employ staff
  • Look after the buildings and the grounds  

Appointing Body

Parent/Staff - elected by parents/staff of the school

Co-opted/Community/Partnership - by Governing Body/Academy Sponsors

Foundation - by Diocese/PCC/Trust Board

Local Authority - nominated by LA - appointed by Governing Body

Headteacher - ex-officio whilst in post

Member Appointed Governor (Academy LGB) - Academy Trust Board

Sponsor (Academy) - Academy Sponsors


How can you get involved?

Anyone can come along to the Governors' meeting. We meet once a term and the dates are available at the school office. You can also get the minutes from our meetings and copies of the papers we discuss from the school office or at the meeting.


What work are the Governors doing?

As well as the usual work of supporting the running of the school the Governors had a number of specific jobs. For example they:

  • Monitored the curriculum of the school
  • Monitored the homework policy
  • Reviewed the Home/School Agreement
  • Implemented the Goverment's new laws on pay
  • Monitored the school budget
  • Monitored curriculum changes

Governor Delegation - Committees

Click Governing Board and Committee Membership  for a list of Governors, committee membership and details of the business and personal interests as declared by Governors


Attendance at Governing Board Meetings is recorded on the following document: Governor Attendance



Chair of the Governing Body: Lindsay Torrance (Head Teacher Castleton Primary School)

                                                   Castleton Primary School

                                                   Hill Crest  Road


                                                   OL11 2QD

We want to hear your views on what we discuss. If you have any comments please get in touch.

How to get in touch

Come and talk to us if you or your child have any questions or comments about school. If you want to contact a Governor:

  • Talk with the parent or teacher governors in school
  • Call into the office and make an appointment to speak with one of the governors
  • Write to any or all of the governors at the school address


Raising Rochdale is a strategy set up for the whole of Rochdale, that is backed by our Governors.

Rochdale is/will be a great place to grow up, get on in life and live well.

At Shawclough School we want our children to be proud of where they are from, so over the last 18 months we have been promoting it with our children, taking them around the local area. We have visited Healey Dell, various churches and mosques, town centre, Touch stones museum, the cinema, the Cenotaph and other places of interest and fun.

We are going to continue to take our children out as much as we are able, in our tight curriculum timetable.

This is a valuable initiative as Rochdale isn't portrayed in the media in the best light.


We want out children to access the very best education at our school and more on to great high school and excellent further education providers, in the hope they can see the wider world and bring this knowledge and success back into the community of Rochdale.