All boards, whether in the maintained or academy sector and no matter how many schools they are responsible for, have three core functions:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The governors undertake their role on a voluntary basis.
None of the Governors have business or pecuniary interests in the school.
The Chair of Governors for 2016-17 is Mrs Sarah Howard and the Vice-Chair of Governors is Mr Matthew Ablett.
The Governing Body consists of five Foundation Governors appointed by St. Stephen’s Parochial Church Council, one Ex-Officio Governor, one Diocesan Foundation Governor appointed by the Manchester Diocesan Board of Education, two Parent Governors appointed by the parent community, one Local Authority Governor, and two Staff Governors; the Head Teacher and one appointed by School Staff. All Governors have a 4-year term of office.