Our governors are drawn from different parts of our community – parents and staff or from the Local Authority, the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing board has sufficient diversity of skills, views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not represent the parents at the school and do not report back to them.
Governors are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools such as ours this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of a maintained school governor board is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’
In all types of schools, governing boards should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Key tasks and legal responsibilities of governors – ‘The Key for School Leaders’