What do Governors do?
- The main role of the Governing Body is to work with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that all children attending our school receive the best education we can give them.
- This means that we have to ensure that all teaching is to the highest standards and for that reason Governors are responsible for making sure there is an Appraisal Policy which is applied fairly to all staff.
- Governors are also responsible for the school’s budget and are accountable for monitoring that it is spent appropriately and according to the strategy previously agreed in the School Development Plan.
- We also have to make sure that the school is safe for pupils, staff and all visitors and that routine repairs and maintenance are carried out.
- The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that behaviour is well-managed and any issues are dealt with promptly and properly.
- As well as agreeing to the appointment of staff, Governors are involved in all interview panels for new staff and have an obligation to monitor all recruitment in accordance with safeguarding and child protection legislation. We also have to ensure that recruitment is carried out with due regard to equality and discrimination law.
- On a day-to-day basis, most of these tasks are delegated to the Headteacher who is answerable to the Governing Body for every aspect of the management and leadership of the school.
- Although Governors can and do challenge decisions made by the Headteacher, we more often influence and support the Headteacher and senior staff by being involved early in key decision making.
The best aspect of being a Governor is the privilege of being able to see first-hand how the school functions and the ways that children participate and enjoy school. We regularly join in lessons, watch musical and dramatic performances, read with children, join children at playtimes, talk informally with parents before or after school, meet regularly with staff, both formally and informally, and meet annually with the School Council. This is a key part of our duty to know the school – both strengths and weaknesses – so that we can make informed decisions on budgeting, staffing, resources, policies and strategy.