The Role of the School Governor
Our Governing Body
All state maintained schools, are accountable to their governing bodies, which in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body. In addition the governing body appoints governors, and it is these posts, which the governing body uses to cover skills gaps, hence these posts are often offered to governors from the business community.
The Value of School Governance
Governing bodies make decisions, which are in the best interests of our students. Keeping the decision-making as close as possible to those that are affected by the decisions makes for sound and efficient leadership and governance.
Governors contribute to the growth and development of the school, they see tangible improvements in the attainment and the well being of the students and it is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.
The Role of the Governing Body
The governing body is responsible for the conduct of the school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school. It is the school’s accountable body and as such:
Provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It appoints and performance manages the Headteacher, agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes setting targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures;
Monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy;
Reviews the school self-evaluation process and actively participates in the school improvement plan and any Ofsted reports. In addition it holds the Headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available when required.
In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how the school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know the school community, for example through visits to the school during the school day. Governors work together as a team, under the leadership of the Chair of the Governing body. All of our governors are required to adhere to a Code of practice.
Chair of Governing Body