Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Foundation Governors are appointed to the governing boards of voluntary controlled and voluntary aided schools to preserve the religious character of the school. They have a particular responsibility within Church Schools to preserve and develop the Christian character and ethos of the school.
The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.