The main duties and responsibilities of school governors are:
- Setting aims, objectives, targets and a strategic framework for the school and reviewing its progress towards attaining them;
- Monitoring and evaluating how well the policies and plans of the school are working;
- Accounting for the school and governing body’s performance;
- Working with the Head teacher to ensure that teaching within the school is effective and of good quality and that children achieve the highest possible standards;
- Taking general responsibility for the school and its budget;
- Acting as “critical friend” to the school by challenging and supporting the senior management team and by taking opportunities to show interest in and appreciation of the work of staff and pupils;
- Promoting the interests of the school and its pupils in the wider community.
- Head Teacher.
- Parent governors – elected by and from among parents of registered pupils at the school.
- Staff governors – elected by and from the staff at the school.
- Local Education Authority (LA)– appointed by the LA.
- Foundation governors (at voluntary aided, voluntary controlled and some foundation schools) –to preserve and develop the religious character of the school (if applicable) and to see that the trust deed is complied with.
- Co-opted Governor – appointed by members of the Governing Body who are not themselves co-opted. They are intended to be representative of the local community and may add particular kinds of expertise.
How to become a School Governor
If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the North Yorkshire County Council website, School Governor section.