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

The governing body performs three core functions:

  • 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 effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

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.

Benhall St. Mary's CofE Primary School
School Lane, Benhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1HE

Headteacher: Mrs Julia Bowles

Email: • Tel: 01728 602407