The role of the School Governor

The role of the School Governor

The role of the School Governor

The role of the School Governor

The role of the School Governor and Governing board

The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education.

Core functions of the governing board:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • 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 headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.


We hold one governing board meeting each term. Governors are expected to join committees which meet once or twice a term and include the following duties:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies

Term of Office:

The term of office for our governors is four years, but you can step down within this period. Our governing board consists of the head teacher, three elected parent governors, one elected staff governor, one local authority governor, nine foundation governors and one co-opted governor.

Who can be a school governor?

You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school including safeguarding checks (School Governance (Constitution and Federations)(England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 legislates for enhanced DBS checks for all maintained governors).

There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. There are certain expectations which are detailed in the attached Governing board Code of Conduct.

In summary, the expectation of governors is that they will:

  • enhance the work of the governing board to enable a strong focus on raising standards, so that every child achieves their potential.