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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
  • Cover a range of skills, knowledge and experience to support the school.


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
  • Join in learning walks
  • Ensure safeguarding is embedded across the school
  • Become involved in head teacher appointments, exclusions, performance management and Ofsted Inspections


How to apply:

If you would be interested in becoming part of the Local Governing Body as vacancies arrive please contact the school (admin@st-paulinus.bexley.sch.uk).  You will be asked to complete an application which will be shared for final approval with the Amadeus Primary Academies Trust. 


There are vacancies which the school are currently liaising with the PCC to fill.


Type of Governors.

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


Foundations Governors: (up to 7)  

The Foundation Governors will include the Parish incumbent or his or her designate.  The remaining Foundation Governors shall reflect the religious designation having been recommended by the St Paulinus Parochial Church Council.  The Foundation Governor will encourage and maintain the strong links with the Church and Christian ethos.  The Foundation Governors will cover a broad range of skills to include education, business, HR and finance. 


Governors: (1)

Appointed by the governing body to represent the community and support the LGB to secure high standards of education for the pupils in which attend St Paulinus CE Primary School. The Governor may not have previous experience or knowledge of education but will bring skills, experience and knowledge that will support the Local Governing Body.


Staff Governor: (1)

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.


Parent Governors: (up to 2)

Elected onto the governing body by other parents from the school, and he or she must be a parent or a carer of a pupil at the school at the time when he or she is elected.   








Useful Links:


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