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What do Governors Do?

Governors are all volunteers and fall into the following categories:

  • Parent Governors, parents of children at the school
  • Staff Governors, members of the school staff
  • Authority Governors, (previously known as LEA Governors) nominated by the Local Authority
  • Community Governors, members of the local community (appointed by the rest of the governing body)
  • Foundation, Partnership and Sponsor Governors, representative of any sponsoring bodies

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”, supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff.

The School has a delegated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment; the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget. They can decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.

Governors must appoint the headteacher, and may be involved in the appointment of other staff.

Governors also have a role in monitoring the school’s progress, setting annual targets for the school’s performance and for the headteacher and ensuring that the headteacher sets targets for other staff. 

To find out more about the roles of governors please
click on the DFE link below.

Link: DFE Governor Pages