The Role of a Governor
Governing bodies are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.
Their main role is to support the Headteacher and Staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. They help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. They also challenge them and hold them to account where necessary.
Governors do not have powers as individuals, as any powers and legal rights are with the governing body as a group.
In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core functions:
An effective governing body is a source of tremendous strength for the school and helps its leaders cope with major issues and handle change.
Governors have particular responsibly for:
When required, governors serve on panels to:
Who makes up the Governing Body at Joseph Hood?
Our governing body is made up of a variety of individuals to ensure a breadth of opinion, knowledge and skills.
Our governing body includes several categories of governor:
• Parent governors - elected by parents and carers at the school
• Staff governor - elected by the staff
• Co-opted governors - appointed by the governing body
• Local authority governor- proposed by the local authority, appointed by the governing body
• Headteacher - who is a governor by default.
• Associate Members - invited by the governing body (Associate Members don’t have full voting rights)
There may be other categories of governor in other schools, depending on the type of school it is.
The initial term of office is four years, but governors can stay on for further terms if re-appointed.
Governors are drawn from different parts of the community. 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. Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
How often do Governors meet?
There is a Full Governing Body which meets every half term, a Finance committee which meets every half term and a Teaching, Learning and Safeguarding committee which meets at least three times a year. There is also a Pay and Performance committee that meets once a year. Alongside these committees there are working groups which look into specific tasks and recommend their findings to the FGB. Governors also attend some school events and make regular visits the school.
Contacting the Governing body
If you would like to contact the governors of the school at any time, please leave a message in the school office addressed to the governors’ clerk, Mrs Katy Collins or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org