What is the Governing Body?
The Governing Body is a group of elected/appointed volunteers who are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school, they provide strategic leadership and ensure that there is clarity of vision and ethos. They hold the Headteacher to account for educational performance and oversee financial performance. Governors appoint the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body – decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
Thus, in its strategic role, the key functions of the governing body are to:
- Set the aims and objectives for the school
- Set the policies for achieving these aims and objectives
- Help set the targets for achieving these aims and objectives
- Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achieving these aims and objectives
- Be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher as a critical friend
Governors are expected to work as a team for the benefit of the whole school community and they must declare any conflict of interest they have with any item of business at any meeting.
You don’t have to have children at the school to be a governor and no specific qualifications are required. However, what is really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children.
Please find below some more information about becoming a governor.