Who are the school governors?

The school governing body consists of the following:

  • Parent governors

  • Staff governors (including the head teacher)

  • LA appointed governors

  • Community governors

In addition, the governing body must elect a chair and vice chair. You can contact the Chair of Governors through the School Office.

Governing Body Terms of Reference

 

What do they do?

The role of the governing body is to take a largely strategic role in the running of the school. This includes:

  • Setting up a strategic framework for the school and helping to decide the school's strategy for improvement;

  • Setting its aims, objectives and priorities.

  • Agreeing policies and targets for achieving the objectives;

  • Monitoring and reviewing aims, objectives and whether the policies, targets and priorities are being achieved;

  • Acting as a critical friend by asking questions and push for improvements as well as promoting the interests of the school and its pupils;

  • Ensure accountability by discussing and refining proposals while respecting the professional roles of the Head Teacher and other staff. In its turn the governing body answers for its actions to parents and the wider local community for the schools overall performance.

The governing body is not responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school. This is the responsibility of the Head Teacher.

 

Powers and Duties of the Governing Body

The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement

  • Setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4;

  • Managing the school's budget;

  • Making sure that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based.

  • Reporting National Curriculum assessments and examination results.

  • Appointing the headteacher and deputy headteacher, determining how the appointment of other staff will be managed and establishing procedures for management of staff conduct and discipline and staff grievances;

  • Reviewing the school’s performance management policy

  • Managing governor's duties to pupils with Special Educational Needs under Section 317 of the Education Act 1996; and

  • Drawing up an action plan after an inspection