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Moss Bury Primary School

Where achievement has no limits!

We are now looking for new Governors to join our current team. We have vacancies for 1 parent and 1 staff member so please get in touch.

The Role of the Governing Body

 

The governing body is responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all children. Together with the head it sets the school’s aims and policies, and makes decisions on how to spend the budget.

Its responsibilities and powers have to be exercised in conjunction with the Headteacher and staff.  

Individual governors have no power or responsibility.  It is only the full governing body which has legal duties and powers and all governors share in that corporate responsibility.

The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the headteacher and staff. 

Governors govern rather than manage.  They are there to give direction and focus by performing a vital strategic role.

As a governor you need to make time to:

 

Attend a meeting of the full governing body at least once or twice a term.  Most meetings take place in the early evening; but some can also take place during the working day

 

Attend committee and working party meetings (if you are invited on to a committee they could meet at least once a term)

 

Read reports and background papers prior to meetings

 

Attend other events such as concerts, open evenings, sports day etc.

 

Take part, if necessary in staff appointment panels, pupil admission and exclusion panels and more rarely staff discipline and grievance hearings.

 

As a governor you can demonstrate your commitment to the school by: 

 

Showing an interest and participating in many of the schools activities

 

Attending governors’ meetings

 

Visiting when you can during the day

 

Getting to know the staff, pupils and their work

 

Offering support and expertise

 

As a governor it is helpful (but not essential) of if you can 

 

Keep up to date with local and national developments in   education

 

Attend governor training sessions (as appropriate

 

As a governor you can be most effective when you:

 

Work co-operatively and creatively with others

 

Use your personal qualities and expertise in the interest of   the school, its pupils and staff

 

 The governing body’s main role is to help raise standards of achievement

 

It is accountable for the performance of the school

 

It helps shape the school’s future direction

 

It monitors and reviews the performance of the school

 

It makes decisions about the school’s budget and staffing

 

It makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs

 

It decides how the school can encourage pupil’s spiritual, moral and cultural development

 

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates.  It is important they get things right.  How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community.  They are not there to rubber stamp decisions.  Governors are responsible for how the school is performing.  They have to be prepared to support and challenge their headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what’s best for the pupils.