Purpose of the Governing Body
The Department for Education describes the purpose of a governing body as follows. The governing body should:
- help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement
- keep the pressure up on 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
- exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the head teacher 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
Applying to be a Governor
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to become a school governor. Terms of office usually last for 4 years. If you are interested in becoming a governor at Alkborough Primary School you can enquire at the school office.
The National Governors' Association website has more information about the role of school governors and how to apply.