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What do School Governors do?

Why School Governors?


School Governors are people in the community that wish to make a positive contribution to children's education


School Governors are one of, if not the largest volunteer work force in the United Kingdom with an estimated 300,000 individuals serving in our schools and a vital role in supporting schools on a daily basis. Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) makes note that the most effective schools demonstrate strong, positive leadership and management which the governing body provides support to.


What does a Governor do?

A School Governor is there to help the school by:

  • Setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Overseeing the resources of the school are used effectively and efficiently for the improvment of the pupils education
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher


Governors also make time to:

  • Attended a meeting of the full governing body once a term
  • Read reports and background papers prior to meetings
  • Attend committee meetings (about once or twice a term)
  • Join in with training and briefing sessions
  • Become involved in head teacher appointments, exclusions, performance management and Ofsted Inspections


Type of Governors.

There are a number of types of governor that are elected and explained below:


PCC Governors: 

Elected on to the governing body by the St Paulinus Parochial Church Council to encourage and maintain the strong links with the Church and Christian ethos.


Co-opted Governors: 

Appointed by the governing body to represent the community. A co-opted governor does not need to have any previous experience or knowledge of education, nor do they need to have children.

Parent Governors:

Elected onto the governing body by other parents from the school, and are usually parents of children in attendance at the school.

Staff Governors:

Elected onto the governing body by staff at the school.

Everyone appointed to the Governing body is only appointed on the basis that they have in the opinion of the person making the appointment ‘the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.






Useful Links:


Governance Handbook - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/governance-handbook