Our Governing Body

Who are school governors?

Every school has its own governing body which is responsible for the overall management of the school. The actual size of the governing body depends on the size of the school; the membership is determined by law, and each is made up of different types of governors.

As a Voluntary Aided Church of England school, our governing body includes:

  • Foundation Governors (members of St Andrew's or Townfield Churches)
  • Parochial Church Council Governors (chosen by the Parochial Church Councils of St Andrew's and Townfield Churches)
  • Local Authority Governor Representative (appointed by the Local Authority)
  • Parent Governors (elected by the parents of children currently attending the school; these governors must have a child at the school at the time of the election)
  • Headteacher Governor
  • Staff Governor (a member of the school's staff, elected by the staff)
  • Clerk to the Governors (takes minutes of meetings, circulates agendas and other information, etc.)

How can I become a parent governor?

When vacancies arise for parent governors, all parents are notified by letter. To be eligible to be nominated as a parent governor, a person must have a child registered at the school. The term of office for governors is for four years and a parent governor can, if he or she so chooses, serve the full term of office even if his or her child is no longer a pupil at that school. If more parents express an interest than there are positions available, all parents are invited to vote and the candidate(s) with the most votes are then elected.

What qualifications do governors need?

There are no formal qualifications needed to become a school governor. The one essential requirement is an interest in, and commitment to, the education of children. Governors have to be over 18 years of age and the term of office is four years.

Governors are ordinary people, drawn from many areas of society. They need to be able to devote time to getting to know the school well and to be active and available in their support for it. Having common sense and a desire to serve the community are also important.

Normally no one may be a governor of more than two governing bodies.

What is expected of a governor?

Time

  • Attend a meeting of the full governing body at least once a term
  • Attend committee meetings as required
  • Read reports and background papers prior to meetings
  • Attend occasions such as concerts, open evenings, sports day, etc

Commitment

  • Show an interest in children and their education and participate in the school's activities
  • Attend governors' meetings
  • Readiness to accept responsibility
  • Get to know the staff, the pupils and their work
  • Offer support and expertise

Knowledge

  • Follow educational news and debates
  • Attend training sessions

Skills

  • Work co-operatively and creatively with others
  • Use personal qualities and expertise in the interest of the school, its pupils and teachers