The role of the school governor and governing bodies


School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education.  Together with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.


Key roles of the governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • To hold the Head Teacher 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.


Other important duties include:

  • 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 and collective worship.
  • Setting standards for pupils behaviour and discipline.
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe.
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aim and policies.