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The House of Commons Education and Employment
Committee’s report on the role of the school governors
was published last year. The report’s introduction says
"School governors are a large, usually
unsung, army of volunteers whose contribution to
the life of our schools has been too little
appreciated. There is much to celebrate about
the contribution made by our school governors.
Effective governing bodies bring benefits to the
schools they serve, not only in terms of
community involvement and accountability, but
also in terms of overall school improvement."
So what do we do ?
governing body (not any individual governor) is
responsible for the overall management of the school
and for determining its aims, objectives and
policies in accordance with all the relevant
legislation. As the legislation is continually being
reviewed and changed, we are often swamped in
paperwork that we need to understand and action when
appropriate. This alone takes significant time. The
head, manages the school from day to day and is the
governing body’s principal professional adviser who
assists it with the formulation and implementation
of its aims, objectives, policies and plans.
As a full governing body we meet
at least once each half term.
Minutes of these meetings can be found on this
web site. We also have a number of sub committees
responsibilities. These committees meet
additionally to the full governing body. Our current
sub committees are :
- Admissions : responsible for the
admission arrangements in line with our own
admissions procedures, the law and LEA
requirements. A governor has to represent the
school in any appeals for admission.
- Curriculum : responsible for
promoting and complying with the statutory aims
of the national curriculum.
- Buildings and Maintenance and Health and
Safety : responsible for the occupation, use
and the upkeep of the school premises. Also
responsible for ensuring that the school and all
occupants are safe. This includes risk
assessments and regular health and safety
- Finance : responsible for determining
the yearly budget and for spending the money as
it sees fit.
- Pay and Personnel : responsible for
the employment and pay of staff.
As you can see, the governing
body has many responsibilities and we make decisions
together as a ‘body’
never as individuals. On top of all these we try and
come into school on a reasonably regular basis,
prepare and distribute the annual report to parents,
hold the annual meeting with parents, prepare the
school prospectus, and meet with new parents. We
also author the Home School Agreement.
Despite all the hard work and lots of bedtime
reading, being a governor is very rewarding. If you
have any specific questions you would like to ask
about the role of a governor, please feel free to
send them to the
governing body via the school and we will
endeavor to answer them as quickly as possible.