The Role of the Governing Body
The governing body is a group of dedicated volunteers who help to set the vision and shape the direction of the school. The governing body is made up of parent governors who are elected by the parent body, staff governors who work at the school and are elected by their colleagues, local authority governors appointed by the local authority and co-opted governors appointed by the governing body. The headteacher is also a governor.
Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a high quality education, and for raising educational standards in school. Governors set policies, including those to ensure the safety of pupils and those that promote effective teaching and learning; they do this together with the headteacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.
Governors are at the heart of how a school operates; their main role is to ask challenging questions to be sure that the school is doing its best; this role is often called being a ‘critical friend’. They support and challenge the headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what's best for the school. Governors are responsible for how the school is performing, and following up inspection reports is an important job. They meet at least twice a term to discuss the running of the school. This includes looking at the school’s budget, various policies, the overall ethos and direction of the school, long-term planning, special educational needs, safeguarding, targets for pupil performance and the staffing structure.