Our governing body
Sandy Lane Primary School is an academy in the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
The Greenshaw Learning Trust is a charitable company, limited by guarantee, with the sole purpose of maintaining and developing academy schools to provide comprehensive and inclusive education for the public benefit. You can find out more about the governance of the Trust on the Trust website here.
The Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust have overall legal responsibility for all the schools in the Trust, but they delegate powers and responsibilities with respect to the governance of each school to its Governing Body. The Governing Body is formally called a committee of the Board of Trustees that reports to and is accountable to the Board of Trustees under a Scheme of Delegation of governance functions.
The governing body for Sandy Lane Primary School is the Crown Wood and Sandy Lane Governing Body – a shared governing body for both Crown Wood and Sandy Primary Schools in Bracknell. The Governing Body provides strategic leadership of the schools, oversees the schools' financial and academic performance, and holds the headteachers and schools' senior leadership to account. Prior to 30th October 2023, the governing body for Sandy Lane Primary School was called the Sandy Lane Primary School Governing Body.
Governors are appointed in a number of different ways to reflect the schools' various stakeholders and to bring a range of skills and experience to the governing body:
Trust governors are appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust. A community governor is appointed by the governing body to bring the perspective of its broader community. A parent governor has to be a parent or full-time carer of a pupil at the relevant school at the time of their election and is elected by ballot of all parents and carers of current students. A staff governor must be employed by the relevant school and is appointed following a ballot of staff. The headteachers are governors ex-officio.
All governors except the headteachers serve for a term of office of four years, but can be reappointed.
Governors act collectively as the governing body and work closely with the Headteacher and senior leadership team of the school. Governors exercise their powers in a primarily strategic leadership role; they should not get involved in the day-to-day running of the schools.
As well as attending governing body meetings, governors serve on ad-hoc committees of the governing body, take part in governor briefings and development activities, visit the school and meet school staff, and attend and engage in a range of school activities.
The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of their school, including the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the direction of teaching and the curriculum, and for the implementation of the policies of the Trust and Governing Body.
You can find out more about the Crown Wood and Sandy Lane Governing Body by clicking the links.
You can contact the governing body and its chair via the clerk at: CWSLgbclerk@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk