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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 Executive Headteacher, Co Heads 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:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school
  • Holding the Headteacher and senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

An effective governing body is a source of tremendous strength for the school and helps its leaders cope with major issues and handle change.