Being a Governor

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.

The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing body.

Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people.

The governors' role is not about fundraising, neither it is about cheerleading for the school - though governors might do both those things. 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.

Our Governing body meets once each half term, on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Our Committees also meet once a half term, these meetings usually take place during the afternoon. Occasionally there may be a need to meet more often. If you would like further information about becoming a governor, please contact our Clerk Sara Thomas (sarathomas-governors@hotmail.co.uk). You might also find the following link has useful information.


The Role of the School Governor
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