Governors are one of the largest volunteer groups in the country and play an important part in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is key to the effectiveness of the school. Ofsted consistently note that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including the governing body.
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher (if applicable). As an academy trust the governors and the trustees hold responsibility for the finance in schools. The governors work with the headteacher to make tough decisions about balancing resources. As a strategic body its key functions are:
- set the aims and objectives for the school
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
Occasionally we hold elections for Parent representatives for the Governing Body – and there will be more information here when that is happening.
Each individual governor is a member of the governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body.
They are expected to spend between 10 and 20 days a year on their governing responsibilities. There may be periods when the time commitment may increase, for example when recruiting a headteacher or Ofsted inspections.
Governors are expected to make every effort to attend full governing meetings, have involvement in a sub-committee group and respond to email communication with the group.
Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.[Download not found]