The Governing Body consists of a group of volunteers who are a mixture of parents, staff and members of the local community who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.
What does the Governing Body do?
We aim to raise school standards through three key roles:
· Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
· Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
· Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
Our role is sometimes described as a ‘critical friend’. This does not mean that we are there to criticise the Headteacher or the school, instead we try to ask useful questions to gain a greater understanding of the school and promote continuous improvement to enable children to reach their full potential.
For more information please visit the National Governors Association or click on this link: http://www.nga.org.uk/getattachment/News/NGA-News/NGA-releases-free-role-description-for-governors/What_does_a_governor_do.pdf.aspx
Who can become a governor?
Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people.
There are different categories of governor: Parent, Staff, Local authority, and Co-opted. The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing body.
Associate Governors do not have voting rights.