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The ‘board of governors’ should operate at a strategic level, leaving the head teacher and senior school leaders responsible and accountable to it for the operational day-to-day running of the school.

  • Setting the vision and strategic direction of school;
  • Holding the head teacher to account for its educational performance;
  • ensuring financial resources are well spent.

Who are the governing body?

  • 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.
  • There are also different categories of governor:
    • parent
    • staff
    • foundation
    • partnership
    • local authority
    • co-opted

Information on Boxted St Peter’s CEVC Primary School Governors can be found here.

What do they do?

  • Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher
  • The role of the governing board 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 board.
  • With the head set the aims and objectives for the school
  • With the head set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • With the head set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)

Becoming a governor