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The Governing Body at Abacus

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.


The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Local Authority.  Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance.  It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.


Membership of the Governing Body includes parents, teaching staff and representatives from the local community and the Local Authority.  The Governing Body meets at least once each term; additionally, there are sub-committees which meet more frequently.



Our Governing Body consists of:

3x Parent Governors (elected by other parents at the school),

1x Local Authority Governor (nominated by the local authority, but appointed by the governing body),

1x Staff Governor (elected by the school staff),

1x Headteacher (by virtue of their office),

5x Co-opted Governors (appointed by the governing body).

We are set up to meet as a Full Governing Body (FGB), and as separate sub-committees for:

Personnel & Pay

Parent governor vacancy nomination form

Parent governor vacancy information

School Benchmarking Information (click image)


If you want to be part of the Abacus Primary Schools' Governing Body please enquire about any vacancies.
at the school office, or speak to the Headteacher if you would like more details.
You can also visit the Essex County Council website.


Abacus Primary School
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