School governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. No special qualifications are required, but enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are important qualities to bring to a governor post.
What is the role of the governing body?
Governing bodies are responsible and accountable for all major decisions about the school and its future. Governors have a legal responsibility to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. They set the school's vision and strategic aims, monitor and evaluate performance acting as a critical friend to the headteacher and ensure the school is accountable to those it serves.
Governing bodies are made up of key stakeholders:
- Parents - parent governors are elected by other parents at the school
- Staff - (including the head teacher) - teaching and other staff are elected by the school staff
- The community - the governing body appoints community governors i.e. members of the community
- The LA - the Local Authority appoints one or more local education authority governors