Local Governance

‘Together We Govern’

“The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.”

“Boards must be ambitious for all children and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focussed on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”

DfE Governance Handbook, January 2017


All Transform Schools have a local governance structure designed to meet the needs of the school. These local governing boards fulfil the same core functions of the Trust Board but for their own school, i.e.

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


For Transform Governors we look for the following characteristics as we believe these will help them be successful in their role:

Transform Characteristics

“The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.”


Each year, or on appointment, we ask all Governors to complete a range of compliance documentation, this includes:

  • Their eligibility to become a school governor
  • To declare all interests – pecuniary, business, relationships, third party transactions
  • To sign and comply with our Code of Conduct

In addition, we ask all Governors to complete or review their skills every two years and we maintain an attendance register of all governor meetings. To view our Registers of Interests click here or Governor attendance here.

Transform Support

We produce a range of documents to support our Governors in their work, this includes:

  • A simple summary and analysis of Governors skills to help plan training and development.
  • An annual planner – setting out the range of key tasks and dates.
  • An annual training offer – a mixture of training events across 4 venues designed to support Governors in deepening their understanding of the Trust and School Governance, Finance, School Monitoring, Special Educational Needs and Disability, Safeguarding, Complaints and Health & Safety; together with a number of other online courses including GDPR and a suite of safeguarding modules.
  • Membership to the National Governors’ Association for all Governors.
  • Statutory policies and Trust documents checklist.


We produce ‘GovernorTalks’ which help keep our Governors informed of School, Trust and national updates.

Annual Governor of the Year Award

Each year we acknowledge and celebrate the work of our Governors which is included as part of our Children’s Awards ceremony. In 2017-2018, this award went to Alistair Macnaughtan, Governor at South Wilford Endowed for his commitment and dedication to the school.

Governor Forum – Safeguarding

Safeguarding Governors from all Trust schools meet throughout the year. These meetings are a valuable forum for sharing updates and staying informed on all things Safeguarding as well as providing an opportunity to update their knowledge and understanding of changes in policy and practice that impact their role in school.

Clerking Service

We have a dedicated clerking service to all Trust Schools. Sheila Laithwaite and Mary Farmer, our Clerks who provides this service, can be contacted via email: sheila.laithwaite@transformtrust.co.uk and mary.farmer@transformtrust.co.uk

Coming Soon in 2019

  • We are launching our own ′Local Leaders of Governance′ to acknowledge and recognise our excellence Governors.
  • Our leadership programmes for Governors: ′Leadership for Governance′ and ′Chairing at Greater Depth′, designed and delivered by Fiona Moore - a leadership development and talent specialist.

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