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The Governors of St Mary's                      Governors : The Willow


The role of the school governor and governing bodies

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies    

Who can be a school governor?

You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What is really important is that you have skills, energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.

Governors come from all sections of the community and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school or representatives of the Diocese. It is important that you can work as part of a team, and can give commitment to the school.

There are usually, depending on the size of the school, between 9 - 20 people who make up the governing body – our school has 14. Advice, support and training for the role is given by the Diocese and Local Authority. Some governors are elected by parents, some are appointed by the governing body itself, the Local Authority or the Diocese of Clifton. This ensures governing bodies reflect the communities they serve. 

Term of office and meetings 

The term of office for a school governor is normally four years. Most schools have a full governing body meeting once a term (for approximately 2 hours). You may also join a committee which usually meets once a term.  You may be invited to special occasions such as assemblies, sports days, plays and presentations.


You can contact the Chair of Governors, Paul Thomson , via the office or by emailing paul.thomson@stmarysbs.org.uk  


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Financial information

Please note that we do not have any employees with a gross annual salary of more than £100,000
Please click here for our school's financial data.


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