Governors’ Information and Duties

What is the Governing Board?

A governing boards overriding responsibility is to work in partnership with the Headteacher to promote continuous improvement in the performance of the school. The Governing board is there to be a ‘critical friend’ who can provide the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of both the Headteacher and the school ensuring that the school is delivering good education for all the children and providing value for money.


Roles and Responsibilities

There is a clear distinction between the Governing Board & the Headteacher. The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school; and for advising on and implementing the governing board’s strategic framework. In particular, Headteachers need to formulate aims and objectives, policies and targets for the governing board to consider adopting; and to report to the governing board on progress at least once every school year. In summary, the Headteacher’s role is operational.


The role of the governing board is to:

  • Provide strategic review – focusing on where they can add most value, helping to decide, set and keep under review the school’s broad framework and strategy so that the Headteacher and staff are able to continually raise standards of achievement promote effective teaching and successful pupil learning.
  • Act as the ‘critical friend’ of the Headteacher and school – providing the Headteacher and staff with support, guidance and advice drawing on the member’s knowledge and experience as well as monitoring evaluating the schools effectiveness and promoting the interests of the children.
  • To ensure accountability – responsibility for ensuring a quality education in the school by being in an informed position, discussing, questioning and refining proposals to fit the school and it’s short, medium and long term strategies, whilst at all times respecting the Headteacher and staff and the work that they do in the school.

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do.

The role of the school governor carries a great responsibility with it, so it can be demanding and challenging, but on the whole it is very rewarding. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.


Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.


Role of the Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee meets regularly to ensure the school’s finances are well managed and that we are achieving value for money.

Finance Committee Meetings are attended and clerked by the School’s Business Manager who initially circulates the Agenda for the meeting, which Governors on the committee can add to. At the meetings, the Governors request that the Business Manager provides detailed information on the current budget position and highlights areas for discussion.

The committee provides challenge and support to achieve overall effectiveness in its responsibilities for the financial position of the school. It feeds back to the full Governing Body at its twice termly meetings.

The Finance Committee complies with the core responsibilities and strategic planning as set out in the ‘Governors External Review’ and is working on the action point regarding PPG performance.

Governors also fulfill a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Making sure the school buildings and grounds are safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and objectives
  • Setting standards for the pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Ensuring policies are relevant and up-to-date
  • Deciding how to spend the school’s budget
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances

Who can be a school governor?

You do not have to have children at the school in order to be a governor. However, you do need to be aged over 18 and pass a formal check (DBS) for your suitability to enable you to come into our school.

No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations which are set out in the governor’s code of conduct. Similarly, experience of working in a school can be helpful in your role as a school governor but not essential. What really matters to us is that you have the time to commit fully to the role of the governor, playing a proactive part while working as part of a team, and the passion to ensure that every child has the opportunity to realise their potential and be the best they can be. As a school governor, there is no greater achievement than bringing about school improvement to ensure the best possible education for our children. What better way is there of giving something back to your community.

If you feel you have what it takes to be a school governor, or would like more information about becoming a school governor, then please speak to Mrs Codling in the school office or email our Chair of governors: