Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do.
School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing body.
What do governors do?
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
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
be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
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 body.
The Governing Body meets at least once every term to review school effectiveness. We form monitoring pairs or working groups to look at particular issues or strands of the School Improvement Plan. Our Governing Body meetings are usually held after school. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Headteacher.