Our Governors

What do school governors do...?

Governors have an interest in the role of schools in their community and want to make a positive contribution to their success, improving the educational standards and achievement of their pupils.


The main roles of governors are:

To provide a strategic view of the school’s aims and vision:

The governing body has important powers and duties but are volunteers with limited time and resources. It therefore focuses on where it can add value and help the school’s strategy for improvement so that pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards. The governing body should help set, and keep under review, the broad framework within which the headteacher and staff run the school. In all its work, the governing body focuses on the key issues of raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning.


To act as a critical friend to the school:

The governing body also provides the headteacher and staff with support, advice and information, drawing on governors’ knowledge and experience. In these ways the governing body acts as a critical friend to the school. Critical in the sense of its responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the school’s effectiveness, asking challenging questions and encouraging improvement. The governing body exists to promote the interests of the school and its pupils.


To ensure accountability:

The governing body is responsible for ensuring good quality education in the school. The headteacher and staff report to the governing body on the school’s performance. The governing body does not always agree to every decision of the headteacher but seeks justification by discussion, questions and refining proposals whilst always respecting the professional roles of the headteacher and other staff and their responsibilities for the management of the school. In its turn, the governing body answers for its actions to parents and the wider community for the school’s overall performance.