The Governing Body comprises of volunteers drawn from the Staff, Parents, Local Authority (LEA) and Co-Opted members from the wider community. Governors come from a wide range of backgrounds with a diverse range of skills and expertise. Governors serve for a term of four years.
The Governors have a general responsibility for seeing that the school is run effectively and is providing the best possible education for the children. This has to be done within the framework set by national legislation.
Governors work with the Headteacher and staff to provide a strategic direction and vision for the school, sharing in setting the school’s aims, planning for the future and keeping a watchful eye on performance.
The Governors meet regularly in meetings of the full Governing Body at least twice a term and also in smaller Committees with specific focus: Curriculum; Finance; Human Resources; Premises; Health and Safety; Performance Management
Our Governors regularly attend training to assist them in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Informally the Governors are friends of the school and are involved in many aspects of school life.
Keen to become a School Governor?
Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.
Being a school governor is demanding but rewarding and a good way of putting something into your local community. It’s good personal development, you get access to training and experience of a live board situation and an enormous sense of satisfaction. If you were to become a school governor you would be one of between 9 and 20 people making up the governing body.
Schools are keen to attract people in the community to become governors; people who can bring energy, experience and fresh ideas to the role of organising and managing a school. Governors need no formal qualifications or particular skills, but they do need to have time to dedicate to their role, to make good decisions and to make sure their decisions are followed up. Could you meet this challenge?
Together with the headteacher they set the future direction for the school and decide how the school’s budget should be spent. Governing bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the school’s development plan. Governors monitor the impact of policies and oversee the use of the school’s budget. They report to parents on the school’s achievements and respond to inspection recommendations. They hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints.
Governors provide the headteacher with support and advice, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They ask searching questions and respect the headteacher’s position as professional leader of the school.