What is a School's Governing Body?

Last modified: February 14, 2016

All schools have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’. A ‘critical friend’ offers support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. However a ‘critical friend’ may also challenge, ask questions, seek information, improve proposals and so arrive at the best solution for the pupils, staff and whole school community.
The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Head teacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Head teacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved, for example with such things as curriculum, health and safety, safe guarding, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives. The Governing Body works as a team with shared responsibilities.

Governors never make decisions on their own, nor do they act as individuals. Membership of the Governing Body includes parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, representatives from the local community including the Church and the Local Authority. The Full Governing Body meets at least once each term; additionally, there are sub committees which meet more frequently:

We have Appeals Committee (as and when required) and the head teachers performance management.