The role of school governor

There are different kinds of governors:

  • co-opted governor - appointed by the Governing Body based on their skills and experience to support and advance the school
  • parent governor - elected by parents of registered pupils on the school roll
  • local authority governor - nominated by the Outside Bodies Committee and appointed by the Governing Body
  • staff governor - elected by the teachers and support staff in individual schools

Governing bodies have a strategic role in raising standards. They are key to the effectiveness of a school.

The Headteacher is responsible for the day to day management of the school, but the governing body has three core functions:

  • clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school, pupils and staff
  • make sure the school's finances are in order and money is well spent