Governors

Welcome to the Benhall Governors Page

We are very proud of our school. It is welcoming and provides a happy nurturing atmosphere for children. We aim for each child to achieve their full potential in formal education and in sport, creativity and social awareness. We also believe parents are an important part of the school community and encourage their involvement.

Who are we

The governing body is made up of the head teacher and other school staff, parents, community members and a local education authority governor.  As this is a church school there are also one or more benefice governors representing the church.
Each governor takes on particular areas of responsibility. This can be subject areas like numeracy or art. It also involves participating in committees that ensure the smooth running of the school, such as finance or premises.

Getting in Touch

If there is anything you would like to discuss with governors about the school, please feel free to contact us, via a note to the school office or in person – many of us can be found in the playground before and after school. If you would like to find out more about becoming a governor at Benhall St Mary’s please do get in touch with one of us.

What do Governors Do

School governors are most commonly described as a “critical friend”. We challenge the school in a positive and supportive manner and help the school provide the best possible education for all children.

We are also legally responsible for implementing a number of school policies.

Activities include:

  • Developing and monitoring the School Development Plan
  • Taking a strategic look at the financial management of the school
  • Recruitment of head teacher.
  • Advising and supporting the head teacher on major projects such as new build or school improvements.

How do we do this

  • We meet twice a term
  • We monitor school activities through visits to the school and talking to teachers.
  • We sit on groups and committees to guide specific activities.
  • All governors receive training on being a governor, especially when they are new.
  • All governors declare any Pecuniary Interests on a regular basis.


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School Lane, Benhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1HE

Headteacher: Katie Jenkins

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