The Governing Body

The Governing Body at Liskeard School and Community College is made up of Staff Governors including the Head Teacher; Community Governors who are appointed; and Parent Governors who are elected by the parents. The Chair of Governors is Ian Williams.

Liskeard School and Community College is part of the South East Cornwall Multi Academy Regional Trust (SMART).  The SMART Trust Board are the trustees, directors and governors of SMART and to help exercise their responsibilities at the Academy level they have delegated certain activities to the Local Governing Committee of Liskeard School.


The Role of a Governor

A Governor is essentially a “critical friend” of the school. Governors do not generally make school policy, though no major change to the nature of the school could be made without the consent of the Governing Body. Rather, they look at school policy and practice, can recommend modification or change, and monitor the work of the school. They also have many opportunities to show support or get involved.

The current legislation requires all Governors to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The school will arrange this for you, and pay the fee, but you will be asked to do some form-filling and produce identity documents.



All Governors are volunteers; they have some legal obligations and it is hoped that they will also wish to show a supportive interest in many aspects of school life. The Governors meet at least twice a term as the Local Governing Committee (LGC). The focus for each meeting is largely based on Teaching and Learning and/or Finance, Premises and Resources. Governors are required to attend all these evening meetings, or send a reason and apology if they cannot. There will usually be paperwork, sent out in advance, which Governors are required to read.

Governors are also paired with a curriculum department or area of special activity. They are asked to form links with the teachers and take a supportive role.

Governors are encouraged to attend some of the school’s special events.

More experienced Governors are asked to join small working parties with specific responsibilities e.g. the Disciplinary Committee, Staff Appointments and the Policy Working Group. All of these groups have the input of a member of staff from the school’s Senior Leadership Team.

All the essential meetings are held in the evenings but it is helpful if Governors can occasionally attend during the day.



From time to time Governors are trusted with confidential information.


Training and Support

New Governors are paired with a more experienced one who will be their mentor. The Local Authority currently provides two separate free day courses for new Governors. The school arranges several training sessions for its governors, usually a few evenings and one Saturday during the year. All Governors are given a comprehensive Handbook.

To sum up: Governors give their time for free, have significant responsibilities, have to do quite a lot of reading – but most of all do a very important and rewarding job for the school.



Clerk to the Governing Body (Kate Williams):

Chair of Governors (Dr Ian Williams):

Vice Chair of Governors (Davina Finch):


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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

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