Governance Structure     

St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School is a voluntary aided school, founded in 1891. It was built to serve the local community and is closely linked to St Matthew’s Parish church which is in the Anglican Diocese of Blackburn. We welcome children from many faiths and nationalities. A high percentage of the children join with little or no spoken English. We aim to provide a safe and secure environment for the education of every child. 

We have a Governing Board consisting of 12 members:-

a)    2 Parent governors
b)    1 Local Authority governor
c)    1 Staff governor
d)    1 Head teacher
e)    7 Foundation governors including the Vicar (church governors)


The foundation governors are appointed by the Diocese of Blackburn. Details of the current governors can be viewed on ‘Meet the Governors’ page. The school and governors are supported by the Local Authority (LCC) who provide our funding and governor training. The Local Authority and Diocese provide advisory services. 

The Department for Education (DfE) have identified 3 core functions for school governing boards.

1.    To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school.  At the heart of this is our Vision Statement and Christian identity. Our Vision & Ethos committee meet once each term to discuss and ensure we embrace diversity and wellbeing.

2.     To hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils, and the performance management of staff.  Our school exists for the education of our children and the Curriculum & Standards committee meet each term to review the educational progress right across the school. They scrutinise reports and ensure that we are providing the best possible education for each child. 

3.     To Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.  Our Resources Committee meet each term to review the financial situation and material resources the school needs to deliver first class education for all our children. We continually monitor our expenditure which is over £2 million each year to ensure best value for every area of our school.   

The members of each committee are indicated below. Each of the above committees meet termly and report their progress into the Full Governors Meeting for review and final ratification. The minutes of these meetings are available for the relevant inspection bodies.

All Governors are totally committed to see all children, from every background thrive and develop their educational and social skills to move on confidently to secondary education, and ultimately to be and become responsible and caring members of society.

Governors' Responsibilities

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