Our Board of Governors is made up from parents, the community, staff and the local authority (LA). Some governors are elected and other governors are appointed. However all governors are responsible as a corporate body to all stakeholders: parents, the children, the staff, the community and the L.A. Governors are all volunteers and are not paid for their work.
The full Board of Governors meets termly. We recently adopted a system whereby governors spend a full day in school once per term. For around half of that time they spend time monitoring - for example watching lessons and learning about the school. For the other half of the day, committee meetings take place which allow governors to play a strategic role in the life of the school. .
School governors make collective decisions as part of the Board of Governors whose main function is to help raise the educational standards and performance of a school by supporting the work of the head teacher and staff. Governors make important decisions on how a school will be run.
The main roles are:
1.To provide a strategic view- To help with school improvement so that pupils learn effectively
2. To act as a “critical friend”- To provide the head teacher and staff with support. “Critical means asking questions to monitor the school’s effectiveness. “Friend” means that governors support the staff and the school.
3. To ensure accountability – The Board of Governors is responsible for ensuring high quality education for all pupils. Governors are accountable for the school’s performance.
Some of the things expected of governors include: • Promoting high standards of achievement • Planning the school’s long-term future • Setting the school’s aims, values and ethos • Budgetary allocation and control • Appointing senior staff
Role of Governor
Claire Holmes has written an overview of what she sees as her role. We hope that this helps our community members to have an idea of the role of governor in our school.
What I find the role of parent governor involves.
Being a parent governor wasn’t nearly as daunting as I had first thought and I was made to feel very welcome. I enjoy being a governor and being involved in my children’s school. I am also a parent volunteer. I’ve found it beneficial volunteering in school one morning a week to see first-hand how a regular school day works.
As a governor, you are expected to attend three main governing body meetings a year (one every term), usually on a Thursday and they last no more than two hours. These involve reviewing data and policies, agreeing on objectives as part of the school development plan and any items for discussion or approval such as staffing, budget and pupil premium allocation. We are encouraged and expected to challenge any items on the agenda to ensure every outcome impacts on the education and development of all pupils, whilst being a support to the head teacher.
We are also invited to three open days per year (once each term). For half of the day we meet as a Development Committee – where we find out about the standards in school and help to evaluate the progress the school is making towards meeting its targets. In the Resources Committee, the focus is on managing the school’s resources, particularly financial resources and making sure that money is spent in a way that has impact on raising standards. For the other half of the day we spend time monitoring what is happening in school, taking part in learning walks, gathering evidence on the implementation of school development priorities and generally seeing what has been discussed in the meeting actually taking place and helping the school to get better. I find this part very rewarding, seeing our work having impact in the classrooms.
Our presence is also welcome at any school event, such as concerts, assemblies and fundraising days.
There is always training courses available throughout the year which can greatly help you in your role. I strongly advise parent governors to attend the governor induction courses.
“Being a parent governor is a really rewarding role and not as time consuming as you would think”
“I am able to impact and make a difference to my child’s education as well as their peers”
“Being a parent governor enables you to be involved in the major decisions of the running of your child’s school”
Our governing body reconstituted in Autumn 2014.
After this date, the governing body consists of:
2 parent governors
1 Local Authority Governor
1 staff governor
7 Co-opted governors
Chair and Co-opted Governor. Has a background in Insurance and the Civil Service.
Co-opted Governor. Member of teaching staff.
Co-opted governor. Has 20 years experience in the banking industry and has a declared business interest as she is the owner of a local pre-school.
Co-opted governor - currently working in industry.
Parent Governor. Has a background in accounting.