The governing body has a wide range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school. The most important of these are:
- promoting high standards of educational achievement
- setting targets for achievement
- Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Headteacher
Governing Bodies review their own practices and procedures on a regular basis to ensure that they meet the needs of the governing body and are focussed on the strategic direction of the school.
Governing Bodies comprise of several categories of governors:
- Local Authority Governors – nominated by the elected members of the County Council.
- Parent Governors- elected by the parents of pupils registered at the school and who are parents at the time of their election. The term ‘Parent’ includes a carer of a child.
- Staff Governors – elected by and from amongst all staff paid to work at the school.
- Co- opted Governors – appointed by the governing body to represent community interests. They do not have to live or work near to the school and include people who are “committed to the good governance and success of the school”.