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School Governors

Who School Governors are

Governing bodies are made up of all sorts of people who contribute in many different and complementary ways.

Almost anyone can be a school governor, unless they are:

  • under 18, or
  • disqualified because of such things as bankruptcy or recent prison sentence

What Governors do

Governing bodies have a very wide range of powers and responsibilities. They include supporting the school in three key areas:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

In an effective governing body, governors:

  • understand their strategic role, building a productive and supportive relationship with the Headteacher, while holding them to account for school performance and taking hard strategic decisions based on objective data

  • ensure they have the necessary skills and commitment, including challenging the school to bring about improvements and hold leaders to account for school performance

  • appoint an effective chair to lead and manage the governing body. Guidance is available on the crucial role of Chair of Governors from the National Governors' Association

  • appoint a high quality clerk to advise them on their functions and duties, and ensure the governing body operates efficiently and effectively

  • make changes as necessary to improve their effectiveness 

Governors are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. This is the job of the staff.

How Governing Bodies are organised

Most governing bodies have committees they delegate much of the work in the main areas of responsibility. Sometimes these are organised around key aspects in a school, such as:

  • staffing
  • finance
  • curriculum
  • premises

This varies from school to school and can also be linked more closely to the key school development priorities.

Normally all governors will be members of at least one committee, and sometimes several. Individual governors alone do not carry responsibilities and have no power, unless the governing body delegates a specific matter to them.

Poole Governors’ Forum

Poole Governors’ Forum (or PGF) is organised by a Steering Group of representative governors and meets on a regular basis. The meetings have topical presentations and discussions on matters of relevance and interest to all Poole governors. The Clerk and Chair of PGF can be contacted in the first instance via Governor services.

How do I become a School Governor?

You will make a good school governor if you:

  • care about improving children's educational attainment
  • want to contribute to the local community
  • want to work as part of a team and can value the contribution made by different people
  • accept you might need training
  • are willing to ask questions
  • are open to ideas and willing to learn

If you are interested in becoming a School Governor, find out more via the School Governor One Stop Shop,  then contact us.

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