The Governors of St Mary's
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's 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 council. 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. We have the following committees - Learning, Resources & Pay, Strategy and Mission & Vision. Most governors find they usually attend meetings or visit a school three or four times each term. You may be invited to special occasions such as assemblies, sports days, plays and presentations.
You can contact the Chair of Governors, Ian Greenaway, via the office or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.