The Governing Body works in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the school is effective in providing all of its children with the best possible education.
Governors are also responsible for ensuring a continued drive for improvement. They set the strategic direction of the school and hold the school to account to ensure consistently high standards and an environment that encourages children to feel safe, happy and to learn.
The Headteacher of the school is responsible for day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a “critical friend”.
A school governor can be a parent, member of staff, community representative e.g. local business people or a Local Education Authority appointed representative. Each governor brings to the role their own interests, personal strengths and diverse experiences.
Parent Governors ensure that the viewpoint of parents is represented on the Governing Body, they are there to provide a ‘parental perspective’ but are not intended to represent the parents. Other than this, they play exactly the same role on the governing body as the other members. They speak and act as individuals within the clearly defined roles and responsibilities of any school governor.
The governing body benefits from the representation of the staff of the school. It provides a different professional ‘voice’ from the Head Teacher’s. Staff governors are not staff delegates, however, and do not have to express any views other than their own.
Local Authority Governors
Local Authority Governors (previously known as LEA Governors) are nominated by the Local Authority.
They are appointed as a governor by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.