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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.