All schools are run by a Board of Governors, which works with the head teachers and senior leadership team to ensure pupils receive a good education.
School Governors have a wide range of responsibilities. They are in charge of planning the school’s future direction and can thereby help raise the standards of pupil achievement. Governors are also accountable to parents and their wider community for the performance of the school.
School governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the LA, the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not represent the parents at the school and do not report back to them. The governing body is made up of the following categories:
- parent governors: selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school
- staff governors: selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school
- community governors: appointed by the governing body to represent community interests
- authority governors: appointed by the local authority
- foundation governors: appointed by the school’s founding body, church or other organisation named in the school’s instrument of government
- associate members (not governors): appointed by the governing body to attend committee meetings and/or full governing body meetings due to their particular skills or experience.