Welcome to our Governors’ section
What is the Purpose of the Governing Body?
The purpose of our governing body is to:
- help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement
- keep up the pressure for school improvement
- be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
- help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
- make the school accountable to the public for what it does
- work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
- oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
- exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher and staff
- not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.
Some of these purposes are set in law.
A school’s governing body is a corporate body. This means it has a legal existence separate from that of its individual members. As long as governors have acted honestly, without ulterior motive, and reasonably, within the law and regulations, the governing body cannot be held to account as individuals for any liabilities incurred by the governing body.
How do Governors fulfill these purposes?
We exercise our duties in a number of ways: