The main role of the governing body is to help raise the standards and performance of the school by supporting the work of the Head teacher and the staff. Governors support and, at the same time, challenge the Head teacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what is best for the school.
Governors make important decisions on policies and strategies and have to stand by their decisions. The governing body is answerable to parents, Ofsted and the wider community. Some of the things School Governors are expected to be involved in include:-
- with the Head teacher, and staff, planning the future of the school involvement in staff appointments, including selection of the Head teacher and Deputy Head teacher
- setting standards for staff and pupil behaviour, and supporting the Head teacher, taking disciplinary action where necessary
- making decisions on the school’s budget, expenditure and staffing
- contributing to how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
- ensuring that the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs
representing the local community
We have a focus on three core strategic functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the children, and the performance management of staff;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Being a Governor is both very interesting and fulfilling. We have to deal with lots of different issues such as staff development, performance management, health & safety together with premises and personnel issues.