Our responsibilities

What are their responsibilities?

Governors have a general responsibility for the effective management of the school, acting within the framework set by national legislation and by L.E.A. policies.

The governing body is the strategic leader of the school and has a vital role to play in making sure every child receives the best possible education. This is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to 'conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school'. In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. ensuring clarify of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The law gives some duties and powers specifically to Heads and others to Governing Bodies, although in a well-managed school both will work closely together.  The Governing Body has a special responsibility for:-

  • the conduct of the school.

  • the financial management.

  • the religious education policy.

  • the PSHE education policy.

  • the use of the school premises.

  • health and safety

  • the special needs provision.

  • the school curriculum.

  • the Annual Report to parents.


Local Management of Schools (LMS)

Governors are responsible for managing the school budget. The LEA delegates a budget for teaching and other staff running costs, books, equipment etc.  The Governing Body, working with the Headteacher, decides what pattern of spending best meets the needs of the College and its pupils. Governors also have responsibility for management of school staff (employees)


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