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.

To contact our Chair of Governors please write to: Mrs C Danaher, De Lisle College, Thorpe Hill, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 4SQ

Our School Governors

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


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  • November 30, 2021 Year 10 and 11 BTEC Animal Care students enjoyed a visit from the charity today. Thank you to Kate and Russ, with dogs Ralph and Sean, for such an informative talk. It was the first time the dogs had been into a school since the pandemic, but they behaved perfectly! Read more
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  • November 25, 2021 Year 7 at the Briars are having a busy and happy day, fuelled with some sleep, lots of breakfast and a lovely morning prayer. Read more
  • November 24, 2021 Our year 7 students have settled in well on their residential retreat to the Briars and are having a good time!
  • November 9, 2021 Y8 Mandarin Excellence Programme students have just completed day two of their online immersion week. The students are participating in zoom sessions with teachers in China and have so far learnt about Chengdu, made a rubbing painting and practised some kung fu moves! Read more