Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising college standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing body.

Strategic Leadership

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. 

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body. 

The role of the governing body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the college
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the college is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher as a critical friend.

The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the college and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

The governing body at De Lisle have delegated responsibilities from the St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Multi-Academy Trust and work in partnership with the other schools in the Trust and Board of Directors.

De Lisle governing body undertook an external review of Governance in June 2016. The review was undertaken by the National Governors’ Association. The report identifies many strengths and determined the governing body to be highly effective in its functions and workings.

Our School Governors

Mr A Brine Vice-chair of Governors
Mrs C Danaher Chair of Governors
Mr R Darby Foundation Governor
Fr S Giles Foundation Governor
Ms R Hidalgo Foundation Governor
Mrs C Pinchess Parent Governor
Mr L Sepede Parent Governor
Mrs J Williams Clerk to the Governors


  • September 18, 2019 The rugby boys are running 20 mins late for their return from Ivanhoe. E.T.A at De Lisle is 5.50pm
  • September 16, 2019 Bon voyage to who are off to Rouen today on a Language School trip! 🇫🇷 Read more
  • September 13, 2019 We had a lovely Welcome Mass for our Year 7 students and families this afternoon. Thank you to Father Simon Giles for leading Mass, our fabulous students for reading and presenting their form shields and our musicians for the beautiful music. Read more
  • September 13, 2019 Thank you to all who attended our Open Evening last night. Photos are now on the college website: Read more Read more
  • September 12, 2019 Don't forget it's our Open Evening 6-8pm tonight with Headteacher's Welcome talks at 6pm, 6:30pm and 7pm. We look forward to seeing you there! Read more