Governor Introduction

Governors work together with the head teacher and staff to support school development and improvement and to help raise standards so that the best possible education is provided for our children. They also ensure that the school is meeting all statutory requirements.
Among the things the Governing Body do are:

  • Agree the aims and values of the school
  • Make sure the National Curriculum is taught
  • Help to develop and monitor the annual School Improvement Plan
  • Monitor and review the school’s progress – acting as “critical friends”
  • Recruitment and selection of staff
  • Participate in the inspection of the school and draw up an action plan in response to the inspection report
  • Agree policies relating to the aims, purposes and practices of the school
  • Set targets for pupils’ achievement
  • Approve and monitor the allocation and expenditure of the school budget
  • Ensure individual pupils needs are met, including special needs
  • Support the day-to-day operational decisions taken by the head teacher

To be effective, Governors need to really “know” the school – to have an accurate understanding of what is done well and what could be done even better. To do this they attend meetings and committees; visit the school both formally and informally to collect first-hand evidence; consider a range of data and information about the achievements of children; seek the views of parents and children; and receive reports from the headteacher and other staff including subject leaders. Governors are also represented at an annual meeting in October when all aspects of the work of the school are discussed and priorities for future development are agreed. Governors attend training courses and receive information so that they are aware of developments in education and changes in the law which affect schools.
The Full Governing Body meets every term but Committees also meet at least termly to deal with specific areas of responsibility for – Curriculum, Finance and Premises, Personnel, Pupil Matters, and School Development
There are sometimes steering groups and working parties set up from time to time to look at a particular project. In the past this has included a Catering Working Party (which is made of the Chairs of the other committees).

The Governing Body is made up of representatives from the school staff, local education authority and parents. Other members of the community can also be co-opted because they have relevant skills and experience.  All have an interest in, and a commitment to, our children’s education.