A school’s governing body is responsible for making decisions that are in the best interests of the pupils. Together with the headteacher, the governing body sets the school’s aims and priorities.
The school is accountable to the governing body. The governing body is responsible for the conduct of the school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement.
The governing body:
- appoints and performance manages the headteacher
- sets the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework
- agrees the school improvement strategy, which includes setting statutory targets
- monitors and evaluates the work of the school
- reviews the performance of the headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
- responds to reports from the school improvement service and Estyn as necessary
- makes sure that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
- makes information available to the wider community as required
Who can be a school governor?
Anyone over the age of 18 can be a school governor - you don't have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way of being involved in your child's school.
There are certain reasons why someone is not allowed to become a governor. You can download a copy of the exclusions criteria here.
Being a governor is a fantastic way of enhancing your skills and experience in a rewarding role. We will certify your role, which means you can use it to demonstrate your skills and experience when applying for other jobs.
How do I become a school governor?
We are always interested in hearing from people who think they have the commitment and skills to become a school governor. We have a database of vacancies which we are continually aiming to fill. We would also welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure that all Governing bodies represent the diversity of their communities.
If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please complete the form below and we will contact you with full details. We will hold your details on file, and will let you know if a suitable vacancy comes up. If you change your mind, and no longer want to be a governor, let us know and we will remove you from our database.
School governors are required to;
- Attend governing body meetings on a regular basis
- Attend mandatory governor training
- Visit the school on a regular basis
- Act as part of a corporate body not as an individual
- Respect and maintain confidentiality at all times