1. Staff and Governors
  2. Governors
  3. Role of a Governor

Role of a Governor


What do governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

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 role of the governing body is a strategic one; its key functions are to

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher (a critical friend)
  • The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

How much time is involved?

This will vary depending on the number of governing body meetings and the amount of committee work governors choose to do. Governors work as a team and as such the amount of time that each governor can give to the role will vary. In addition to meetings, governors need to get to know their school. This will be done by visiting the school for events, focused visits and attend the more informal activities taking place in school, for example open days, assemblies, school fêtes and concerts. The majority of meetings tend to take place in the evenings, but this will be agreed by all members of the governing body.

Why become a school governor?

By becoming a school governor you will

  • Help ensure that every child at the school reaches his/her potential
  • Play a vital part in raising standards and achievement
  • Make an important contribution to your community
  • Have an opportunity to gain new skills
  • Work as part of a team

How do I become a governor?

If you think you have what it takes to be a school governor, please contact Mr Bolger or the Chair of Governors through the office for further information.