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What are Governors?

What are Governors?


Governors are a body of people who make policy decisions about how the school is run and set the vision for the school.  They are made up of representatives from the teaching and non-teaching staff, the local church, local representatives, parents and the Local Education Authority.  They meet at least once a term, with sub-committees and working groups covering financial matters, personnel and building maintenance and development.


Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities.  They can only act as a body, having no individual power.


The three core functions of the governing body are:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent


The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and for managing the school budget within the Governors’ policy guidelines.