A Governor is part of an elected group of people from various backgrounds who act as “critical friends” providing support and challenge to the school. Governors are also there to ensure the school achieves expected educational standards and to provide a strategic view of where the school is heading.
School Governors play a vital part in the life of the school. In essence they are responsible for the conduct of the school to ensure every child achieves their best and stays safe, healthy and happy at school. The role of the Governors is laid down in education law and there are a number of areas of policy and practice which the Governing Body is legally responsible for.
These responsibilities include:
The Headteacher is responsible for the day to day management of the school and Governors work with the Headteacher to review the impact of polices and practices and assess the progress being made against targets and plans.
For Governors to be effective as a Body, the commitment each individual makes to the role is crucial. A good Governor is an active Governor, with the time and energy to contribute to meetings, working parties, training and of course the school itself.
An effective Governing Body operates as a team where constructive relationships enable strong reflection and leadership. We strive to build an effective working relationship with the Headteacher, staff, parents & carers, the LA and the local community.
As a Governor we speak and act only on behalf of the Governing Body when specifically authorised to do so. All Governors are encouraged to express their views openly but must accept that all decisions are made collectively by the Governing Body.
Individual Governors should observe complete confidentiality in all matters discussed at the GB meeting. Although minutes of Governor meetings are normally made public, confidentiality may need to be exercised in relation to decisions on which the discussions were based. In circumstances of sensitivity, particularly relating to staff or pupils, Governors can agree for some items to be formally recorded separately.
Effective Governors do and need to have a high profile in the school and the community and people will go to Governors for advice, help and to complain.
Parents should always be advised to speak to the class teacher or Headteacher with complaints. If this does not solve the issue individual parents/carers must be advised to write to the Chair.
Education is an ever-changing world and Governors need to keep up to date with local, national and community developments, where possible.
Reading, visits and accessing Governor Training are all vital tools at a Governor’s disposal. We also actively seek to involve Governors in INSET days as another opportunity to grow and learn together.
Being a Governor is also a lot of fun! We always welcome active involvement in school life; from Fairs and Concerts to Sports Days and School Trips.