Governors are an integral part of Sylvan Infant School and Branksome Heath Junior School, working with the senior leadership team and staff to provide an excellent education in a safe environment for our children.  The Federation Governors meet twice a term as a whole group and also work in sub-committees or individually to discuss and make decisions about specific topics – finance, staffing, curriculum and premises.

All the Governors are dedicated unpaid volunteers who are keenly involved in the life and running of the schools.  Our Governors are keen to know the views and opinions of parents, pupils and staff and are often available at the beginning and end of the school day or at parents’ evenings.

In addition, the Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities.  They work in partnership with the Executive Head of Federation to make collective decisions on how the schools operates.  Providing a safe environment for the children is always a first priority, but Governors work also includes monitoring the schools’ provisions, selecting new staff, setting and monitoring financial budgets and challenging the progress of children to be the best it can be.  Please click the links below to read more about the structure and remit of the Governing body and its committees:-

Annual Governance Statement 2015 - 2016

Governing Body Membership and Business and Pecuniary Interests

Full Governing Body

Resources Committee

Policy Review Committee

Raising Achievement Committee

Other Sub-Committee’s

Terms of Reference for Local Governing Bodies

We currently have vacancies for Co-Opted Governors.  These are Governors who have specific skills that would enhance the skills of the Governing body, who would be passionate about the schools and have time to dedicate!  We are looking for people with skills in Marketing, if you know of anyone who would be interested please ask them to contact the Governors Administration support in school ( for further information and to arrange a meeting with the Executive Head of Federation and the Chair of Governors.