WHAT DOES BECOMING A GOVERNOR INVOLVE?
The purpose of having a governing body is to:
• help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement
• keep the pressure up on school improvement
• be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
• help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
• make the school accountable to the public for what it does
• work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
• exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher and staff
• not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.
Governors are required to contribute to the work of two of the four main committees, which deal with matters of finance, personnel, achievement & learning and wellbeing. Meetings are usually held between 4.30 and 6.30 pm. It is, of course, essential that governors take a keen interest in the welfare of the school and are prepared to play an active part in its public and social life.