School governing bodies

We have governing bodies to help schools provide the best possible education for their pupils by -

  • thinking and working strategically to help to raise standards
  • monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets
  • supporting the Headteacher / Principal and staff as well as challenging their expectations
  • accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made

There are three main roles of the governing body -

  • to take a largely strategic role in the running of the school
  • to act as a critical friend to the school
  • to ensure accountability of the governing body to key stakeholders (pupils, parents, staff, the Local Authority and OfSTED) and of the Headteacher / Principal to the governing body

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.

The key strategic functions of the governing body are -

  • setting aims and objectives for the school
  • adopting policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitoring and evaluation of the progress the school is making towards the achievement of its aims and objectives
  • to challenge and support the Headteacher / Principle in the role of critical friend

In the role of 'critical friend', the governing body should offer support and constructive advice, but governors should not be deterred from questioning proposals and seeking further information to enable them to make sound decisions.

The role of the Headteacher or Principal

The Headteacher or Principal is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body. Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day to day management of the school. In a well managed school, the Headteacher or Principal and governing body work in close partnership.

A Headteacher or Principal should discuss all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and will expect the governing body to both challenge and support the school. The Headteacher or Principal should give the governing body enough information to enable it to feel confident that both it and the Headteacher / Principal are fulfilling their statutory responsibilities.

You can contact us via -

Governors' Team
Children, Young People and Family Services
3rd Floor
Treasury Building
Guildhall Road

Tel - 01482 300 300
Text phone - 01482 300 349
Email -