About Govas

GOVAS works closely with the Stockport Children and Young People Directorate, but we are a fully independent association of governors affiliated to the equally independent National Governors Association. Every governor in Stockport is automatically a GOVAS member (as long as your institution pays their subscriptionof £10.00 PA)and our Management Committee is made up exclusively of serving volunteer governors in Stockport’s schools – nursery, primary secondary and special. Our biggest strength is our links with all the school governors in Stockport through our newsletter, special communications, and this website.  


An improved schools' financial benchmarking service has been launched online by the Department for Education following feedback from users. The service enables LA-maintained schools and academies to compare their performance data and spending levels with schools that share similar characteristics such as:

  • pupil numbers
  • school phase/type
  • proportion of pupils with special educational needs
  • proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals
  • proportion of pupils with English as an additional language

We will continue to develop and improve the service based on users’ feedback, which can be submitted on the website. For general queries about the service functions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

The benchmarking service will help school leaders and governors consider how they can use available resources to have maximum impact in supporting high-quality teaching and ensuring the best possible educational outcomes for their pupils.


Mrs Dawn Boyes