Our Governing Body sets the broad strategy for the school's development, is accountable to those who fund the school, the parents and the wider community, must act in accordance with the requirements laid down in Acts of Parliament, statutory regulations and the school's Instrument of Government and must at all times act fairly and without prejudice.
These are the Governors at Bournes Green Infant School
Roles and Responsibilities of a Governor
The governing body works with the school. Its responsibilities and powers have to be exercised in conjunction with the Headteacher and staff. Governors do not intervene in the day to day management of the school, unless there is something seriously wrong. If there is a weakness in the school they need to take action.
Individual governors have no power or responsibility. It is only the full governing body which has legal duties and powers and all governors share in that corporate responsibility.
The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the headteacher and staff. The philosophy for running the school is a shared responsibility worked out by common consent.
Governors govern rather than manage. They are there to give direction and focus by performing a vital strategic role.
As a governor you need to make time to:
- Attend a meeting of the full governing body at least once a term. Most meetings take place in the early evening; but some can also take place during the working day
- Attend committee and working party meetings at least once a term
- Read reports and background papers prior to meetings
- Attend other events such as concerts, open evenings, sports day etc.
- Take part, if necessary, in staff appointment panels, admission and exclusion panels and more rarely staff discipline and grievance hearings.
As a governor you can demonstrate your commitment to the school by:
- Showing an interest and participating in many of the schools activities
- Attending governors’ meetings
- Visiting when you can during the day
- Getting to know the staff, children and their work
- Offering support and expertise
As a governor you are expected to:
- Keep up to date with local and national developments in education
- Attend all appropriate governor training sessions
As a governor you can be most effective when you:
- Work co-operatively and creatively with others
- Use your personal qualities and expertise in the interest of the school, its children and staff
Types of Governor
Parent GovernorsAre elected by parents/guardians of registered children and must be parents/guardians at the time of election. Parent Governors do not have to leave if their child leaves during their term of office, but they can if they wish to. If there is a potential vacancy, nominations are sought from parents. If more nominations are received than the vacancies available then an election takes place. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body can approach a parent of the school to become a governor.
Staff GovernorsAre appointed by the staff employed to work at the school or have a contract of employment with the school. They can stand for re-election. If they leave the school, they cannot remain on the governing body.
Co-opted GovernorsAre chosen by the governing body. They can be people who live or work locally or people who are committed to “the good government and success of the school”.
Sponsor/Associate GovernorsAre persons who give or have given substantial financial assistance to the school or provide substantial services to the school.
The HeadteacherIs a governor by virtue of their office. The Headteacher does not have to be a governor if they so wish. If they choose not to become a governor the vacancy will stay open for them. The Headteacher may still be required to attend governing body meetings to give advice and information.
ExpectationsWe expect the governing body to fully support the ethos and the high expectations of the school:
- It helps shape the school’s future direction
- It is accountable for the performance of the school
- It monitors and reviews the performance of our children
- It is responsible for the safeguarding of our children
- It is responsible for health and safety within the school
- It makes decisions about the school’s budget and staffing
- It makes sure the school provides for all our children, including those with special needs
- It decides how the school can encourage children’s spiritual, moral and cultural development
Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of children, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. Governors are responsible for how the school is performing. They have to be prepared to support and challenge their headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what’s best for the children.
We do not expect governors to:
- take their children on holiday during school time
- discuss school business outside of meetings including on any social media websites