So, what do Governors Do?
A school Governing Body has a strategic role in the development of the school but does not become involved in day to day management issues - that is the role of the Headteacher.
Governors are there to:
- provide a strategic view - help to set and maintain the broad framework within which the Headteacher and the staff should run the school
- act as a critical friiend - provde the Headteacher with support and offer advice and information but also to provide some challenge. The Governing Body is there to monitor and evaluate the school's effectiveness and Governors should therefore be [prepared to ask challenging questions.
- ensre accountability - the Headteacher and staff report to the gverning Body on the school's performance. In turn the Governing Body is accountability to all stakeholders on the school's overall performance.
Governors do's and don'ts:
Governing Bodies Do:
- set the overall budget vfor the school
- decide on the number of staff
- decide on the level of pay for teachers
- help to decide the priorities for the school when the School Improvement Plan is being developed
- ensure the National Curriculum is taught to all pupils
- publish National Tests and exam results
- compare the performance of their school to similar schools
- receive information about the quality of teaching in the school
- have a published strategy for dealing with parental complaints and concerns
- ensure Health & Safety issues are addressed
- set the times of the school sessions
- consult the Headteacher when making decisions
- ask challenging questions
- help develop school policies and procedures
- consider the repair and maintenance of school buildings
- consider the use of school premises outside school hours
- appoint committees of Governors to look at specific issues such as Finance, Staffing, Curriculum and Premises.
Governing Bodies Don't:
- inspect the school
- report on the quality of teaching after visiting the school
- authorise all expenditure
- share concerns about staff capability
- decide on how pupils are taught different subjects
- have the right to exclude a pupil
- write the school's policies on their own
- rubberstamp recommendations from the Headteacher
- automatically approve all apologies for absence for meetings sent by Governors
- need to be aware of the performance objectives which had been set for individual teachers
- write the OFSTED action plan
As we are a Church School, the majority of Governors are appointed through the Diocese and are called Foundation Governors. However, we also have two Parent Governors, a Local Authority Governor and a Minor Authority Governor. (Please see Register of Governors Interests section)