School governors, as part of the governing body, act as a "critical friend" of the school,helping to raise the educational standards and performance of the school by supporting the work of the headteacher and staff. We make important decisions on how a school is run.
Our responsibilities include:
- promoting high standards of achievement;
- planning the school's long-term future;
- setting the school's aims, values and ethos;
- appointing the head teacher;
- budgetary allocation and control.
We review the school's budget on an annual basis and on an ongoing basis review school policies (of which there are many). We review the school development plan on a regular basis, monitor the curriculum and the SATs, monitor the effectiveness of initiatives such as the healthy schools programme and the walk to school week. We monitor how effectively the school promotes itself in the wider community; this includes celebrating our achievements in the local newspapers and on this website. We are also responsible for initiatives such as the school travel plan (which includes 'walk to school' week and the 'park and stroll'). Our work can be handled by the main governing body, or delegated to one of the sub-committees. The sub-committees are as follows:
- Staffing and Pupil Progress;
- Finance, Image and Sites & Buildings;
We have nine governors in the main governing body, with each sub-committee generally having about five or six governors.
Becoming a Governor
Becoming a governor is easy - just ask, and we'll welcome you with open arms. Just ask at the School Office or talk to the head teacher.
You don't need any specific qualifications, have to be a parent or know about education.
All that's needed really is a desire to provide children with the best possible standard of education.
So long as you are over 18 and not disqualified under the School Governance Regulations (Constitution) (England) 2003 you can become a governor.
New governors may be asked to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check to ascertain their suitability.
That said, most governors tend to be parents (who have an interest in the school doing well) and a couple of senior members of staff.
The time commitment is of the order of 6 to 8 hours per month during term time. This includes attending full governing body meetings, sub-committee meetings and doing the necessary preparatory reading. The ideal commitment is four years, but as a volunteer this is not fixed - if your circumstances change you can resign or be re-elected.
Many employers appreciate that being a governor enables you to gain valuable skills that can be transferred to the workplace. As with magistrates, members of local councils and members of other statutory bodies governors have the right to reasonable time off work for their duties, although this may be unpaid.
Training courses are available once you become a governor (you're not expected to be thrown in at the deep end). There's a general induction course for new governors, and more specific courses to cover any responsibilities you may eventually take on.