School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. Ultimately, it is the governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
Almost anyone over the age of 18 can become a school governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. At Crockenhill Primary School our governing body is made up of the following categories of governor:
The Governing Body meets six times a year (once in each Term) and is made up of twelve (12) Governors:
All Governors serve on at least one of the two Governing Body Sub-Committees (currently Finance & Premises, and Standards & Curriculum) and all have monitoring responsibilities. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the School Year (held in Term 1). Membership of the Sub-Committees is reviewed and agreed at the full GB meeting held in Term 1. Governors sign a Declaration of Business Interests form at the full GB meeting in Term 1, and are also required to declare any change of business interests verbally at the start of every full Governing Body and Sub-Committee meeting. [For full details, see table below].
All elected Governors (Parent; Staff; and Co-Opted) will serve a Term of Office of four years. Membership of the Governing Body will cease immediately should a Staff member leave the School.