The Role of a School Governor

Governors have considerable responsibilities, Governors do not exercise them as individuals but work as part of a Governing Body – a corporate team.

Governors do not manage the school – this is the role of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, but they do oversee the development of the school, their main aim being to always provide a high standard of education for all pupils, of all abilities.

What Do Governors Do?

Every school has a Governing Body, which sets the strategic framework for the school in partnership with the Headteacher. This includes setting the overall objectives and monitoring progress. The Governing Body works with the Headteacher who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, including the management of the staff.  Governors work with the Headteacher to:

  • decide staffing levels and encourage good relations with parents and the local community
  • decide how the school should spend it’s budget
  • maintain and improve the school buildings
  • make sure the National Curriculum is provided
  • decide certain school policies, e.g. School Behaviour Policy
  • ensure high standards and school’s progress
  • Governors support their School, acting as ‘ambassadors’ ‘mediators’ and ‘critical friends’.

The Governing body of King William Street CE Primary School is made up of:

  • 3 Foundation Governors nominated by the Diocese of Bristol from the Parish of Christchurch and St Mary's
  • 2 staff Governors voted by the staff
  • 5 Parent Governors voted by parents/carers
  • 2 Co-opted Governor