What do Governors do?
The governing body's main aim is to help raise standards of achievement and make sure the school provides a good quality education.
The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the headteacher and staff. Rather than manage, governors are there to help shape the school's future direction and focus.
Governors work as a team. Individual governors have no power or responsibility. It is only the full governing body which has legal duties and powers and all governors share in that corporate responsibility.
Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It's important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. Governors are responsible for how the school is performing. They have to be prepared to support and challenge their headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what's best for the pupils.
The task can be divided into three main roles – providing a strategic overview, acting as a critical friend to the school and ensuring accountability.
The roles of a school governor:
The strategic role
helps to set standards and targets for performance for the school
has an overview of the curriculum
helps to set policies for itself and the school
selects the head and deputy headteacher
makes decisions about the school's budget and staffing
delivers effective planning, including post-inspection duties
makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs
decides how the school can encourage pupils' spiritual, moral and cultural development
The critical friend
the governing body has a good working relationship and regular meetings with the headteacher
it can therefore monitor how well the school is doing, and how well policies and plans are being implemented
the governing body will get to know the school well, and have clear lines of responsibility between it, the headteacher and the various school committees.
The governing body gets regular reports from the headteacher. It provides information to the Local Authority (LA) and parents by producing:
an annual report to parents, backed up by an annual parents meeting
a school prospectus
a post-inspection action plan.
Governors attend school events and regular meetings, and read relevant reports and background papers. You can expect to attend around 3-4 meetings every term, either full meetings of the governing body or appointment, admissions and exclusion panels.
Terms of Reference
Terms of reference define the purpose and structures of a project, committee, meeting, negotiation, or any similar collection of people who have agreed to work together to accomplish a shared goal.
Heather Ridge Infant school's Governing Body Terms of Reference can be found below.
Full governing body meetings are held once a term. The minutes of the meetings are available upon request.
Please contact the school office if you would like to request these.
Contacting the Governors
Governors can be contacted via email at: