Reviews of Governance

We conduct in-house reviews of governance

  • Would you like to verify the effectiveness of your governance?

  • Do you need to address the Charity Commission requirement for trustees to review their own performance?

  • Is your school about to undergo a major structural change?

  • Are you a new Chair of Governors wanting to start with confidence?

  • Do you need an external review prior to your next ISI inspection?
Whatever the background, AGBIS provides a tailored review service for governing bodies where an experienced review team will visit your school and conduct a detailed review of your governance arrangements. AGBIS has conducted numerous previous reviews over the last ten years, so the procedure is now well honed and brings many benefits for the schools concerned. The spread of schools reviewed covers the complete spectrum of the sector. Whatever the size of your school, it will undoubtedly benefit from a review. We have a ‘standard’ review package that is conducted in four stages:

Stage 1 The date of the review along with the terms of reference and programme are agreed, usually two to three months in advance of the review. The school then arranges for governors to complete a questionnaire and sends a briefing pack to the AGBIS review team members, who will devote at least a day each to preparing for the review.

Stage 2 The AGBIS team of two, occassionally three, reviewers visit the school for two days. The team will meet the Chair, Head, Head of a Preparatory Department, Bursar, Clerk and Committee Chairs on an individual basis. Other meetings, including those with governors and senior managers, normally take place in a group setting although anyone may request an individual meeting. At the end of the visit, the Chair of Governors (and the Vice Chair or Head if requested by the Chair) will be given a verbal de-brief on the main findings. 

Stage 3 A written report is produced, outlining findings and recommendations which the Governing Body might like to consider. A draft to confirm factual information will be made available in advance of the final report being issued. The final report is confidential between AGBIS and the governors.  However, the latter are free to present a copy to schools' inspectors if they so wish. Two working days of the total time are allocated to compiling and agreeing the final report. An example of this report can be viewed on the members' area of this website.

Stage 4 A follow up is offered one year after the review, to see what recommendations have been implemented and assess the overall value of the review.

For further information and details of our current rates please contact the Director of Training at or call the AGBIS office on 01438 840730.

AGBIS undertook a governance review of Plymouth College as an early action in my tenure as Chairman. This has acted as a superb catalyst for change at Board level. It gave the Board strategic options to consider to improve and modernise the way in which the school is governed together with tactical “easy wins”. The reviewers quickly got to the heart of the issues and recommended practical implementable solutions. We have already put in place many of the recommendations  - and as a result enhanced the effectiveness and cohesion of the Board and its sub- committees. The review was excellent value for money and has really stimulated change at the top!

David Woodgate, Chairman, Plymouth College