Welcome to our Governors' section.
What do school governors do?
Governing bodies are typically made up of between 7 and 20 governors, consisting of members of school staff, members of the community, members of the Local Authority, parents and, at church schools, members of the Diocese.
Their roles are to:
· ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
· hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
· oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
The role of governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role. Governors must maintain a strategic view, and not get involved in the day-to-day management and operational responsibilities within school. The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.
As part of the governing body, a governor is expected to:
Contribute to the strategic discussions at governing body meetings, which determine:
· the vision and ethos of the school;
· clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the school;
· that all children, including those with special educational needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum;
· the school’s budget, including the spending of the pupil premium allocation;
· the school’s staffing structure and key staffing policies.
Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school’s performance, including:
agreeing the outcomes from the school’s self-evaluation;
monitoring results and external sources on all aspects of school performance;
ensuring senior leaders have arranged for the required audits to be carried out and receiving the results of those audits;
ensuring senior leaders have developed the required policies and procedures and the school is operating effectively according to those policies;
listening to and communicating with pupils, parents, staff and the wider community.
Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well.