What Do Governors Do?

What do governors do?

Our School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability at West Woodburn First School. Governors are responsible for appointing the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff.  The Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in school, and work with the Executive Head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual Governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual Governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one; its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the our school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress our school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Executive Head teacher (a critical friend)

The Executive 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 body.

Who can become a Governor?

There are different types of Governor:

  • parent
  • staff
  • community
  • foundation
  • partnership
  • local authority
  • co-opted

Anyone over the age of 18 can become a Governor.  If you think you have the skills and time to commit to this role please enquire at the school office. All governors have to undertake a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.