School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to
The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.
This will vary depending on the number of governing body meetings and the amount of committee work governors choose to do. Governors work as a team and as such the amount of time that each governor can give to the role will vary. In addition to meetings, governors need to get to know their school. This will be done by visiting the school for events, focused visits and attend the more informal activities taking place in school, for example open days, assemblies, school fetes and concerts. The majority of meetings tend to take place in the evenings, but this will be agreed by all members of the governing body.
By becoming a school governor you will
If you think you have what it takes to be a school governor, please contact Mr Cox or the Chair of Governors through the admin office for further information.