( Last Updated: 2nd January 2017)
The Governing Body has specific statutory
responsibilities, duties and functions that are defined
in the instrument and articles of government for
schools. It is the instrument of government which
sets out the composition and rules of procedure of
governing bodies and the articles of government which,
in broad terms, define the power and duties of these
In essence, the governing body has three main tasks:
to provide a strategic view of where the school is
heading; to act as a critical friend to the school; and
to hold the school to account for the educational
standards it achieves and the quality of education it
The full Governing Body meets once a term. All
Governors are appointed for a four year period.
Parent Governors are appointed following an election in
which all parents are invited to participate.
School Governors 2017
The duties and functions of governors are defined in the instrument and articles of government for schools. It is the instrument of government which sets out the composition and rules of procedure of governing bodies and the articles of government which, in broad terms, define the powers and duties of these bodies.
||Co-opted Governor & Chair of Governing Body
|| Headteacher / Governor
||Partnership Governor & Chair of Personnel Committee
||Partnership Governor & Chair of Development Committee
||Staff Governor & Assistant Headteacher
Normally, the full Governing Body meets once a term. The Governors also hold an annual meeting for parents when their involvement with the school is outlined. A Governors’ Report is issued to all parents before this meeting. All Governors are appointed for a four-year period. Parent Governors are appointed following an election in which all parents are invited to participate.
Organisation of The Governing
In order to make effective use of Governors’ time and
talents, the Governing Body is organised into committees
which meet at least once a term and report to the full
Governing Body which meets once a term.
Each governor has a link with a subject leader such
as English or maths. There is also a governor who
has a link with the school’s SENco. Future
initiatives are planned to further develop the
partnership between Governors and school. The
governors are very keen to ensure that the school has
the personnel and resources to help meet the school’s
agreed aims and mission statement. Consequently,
they make regular visits during the school day.
Each visit has a particular focus such as learning more
about the children’s views of school or assessing
whether the school has sufficient resources for the
different curriculum areas and for ICT. They also come
into school as part of their Health and Safety
The particular responsibilities of individual
governors can be found here.