Governors represent people from many walks of life: school staff, parents, the local community and members of the Church. As we are a voluntary controlled school these governors are known as “Foundation Governors” because the church helped to set up the school. This means that school decisions are made by people with a wide range of experience and views.
The role of a governor
The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the governing body in raising standards of achievement for all pupils. This involves:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the Principal or Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
- The individual governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the governing body, to the staff and pupils of the school and the school’s wider community.
Governors must have an interest in our children’s future, be willing to contribute and make a difference, respect the need for confidentiality and be able to work as part of a team. Governors must act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school.
What governors do
Governors are volunteers who attend meetings and work to further the school’s development. They do not run the school nor do they get involved with the operational side of the school day. They are critical friends to the school and, together with the headteacher, they ensure the school is well lead. Responsibilities of governing bodies include:
- developing the school’s strategic plan
- determining aims, policies and priorities
- setting targets
- monitoring and evaluating
- deciding the number of staff
- overseeing the use of the school’s budget
- securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour.
Governors provide the headteacher with support and advice, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They ask searching questions and respect the headteacher’s position as the professional leader of the school.
Support for governors
- As a new school governor you can receive induction programme covering roles and responsibilities
- Subsequent training on a wide range of activities
- Each governing body has a clerk to provide administrative and procedural support.
Who can become a school governor?
Anyone can apply to become a governor, so long as they are:
- Aged over 18
- Not a current pupil at the school
- Have not been declared bankrupt
- not the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order
- Have not been disqualified from holding office as a governor
- Have not been disqualified from being a company director and/or a charity trustee
- Have not been removed as a trustee for a charity by an order made by the Charity Commission or the High Court on the grounds of misconduct or mismanagement in administration of the charity
- Have not been convicted of a criminal offence (excluding any spent convictions, or any offences for which the maximum sentence was a fine)
- Agree to provide a criminal records certificate at an enhanced disclosure level