The Role of a School Governor
School governors are volunteers who wish to play a part in the oversight of a school. They can be appointed by the local authority or, as in the case of a Voluntary Aided school such as ours, by the Diocese or a parochial church council (PCC), as a “foundation” governor. In addition, a school is required to appoint parent (by election) and staff governors. The Headteacher is normally one of the staff governors and, in a church school, the rector or vicar of the parish is usually an “ex-officio” governor.
Clandon Church of England Primary School’s governing body comprises:
7 Foundation governors (3 Diocesan, 3 PCC and 1 ex-officio)
2 staff governors
2 parent governors
1 local authority governor
It is the responsibility of the governing body to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’ (Section 21 of the Education Act 2002). Governors should provide strategic direction to the school. They have legal responsibilities for admissions, the curriculum, staffing, finance, premises, pupil behaviour and discipline, plus the safety of staff and pupils and must ensure that the Headteacher and staff are accountable to the governing body in these areas by way of regular reports. Governors act as critical friends of the school by challenging the Headteacher and staff in a constructive way at governing body meetings and, perhaps more importantly, at the key management committees – “Resources”, “Children and Learning” and “Safeguarding”. Whilst governors are not expected to be experts in education, they may deem it appropriate from time-to-time to undertake specialist training in one of the areas listed above.
The role can be time-consuming: a governor must attend at least 3 meetings of the governing body each year and is usually on at least one management committee. Governors will also conduct regular visits to the school and will provide support by attending plays, concerts and fund-raising events. Governors should communicate openly with parents and may be present at parent evenings. Finally governors act as ambassadors for the school in the community.
If you wish to contact the Governors of Clandon School please do so through the school office in the first instance, by calling 01483 222442 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.