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The Role of the Governing Board

The Board of Governors

The Governing Board works in partnership with the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and staff. Whilst it is the responsibility of the Headteacher for the day to day running of the school, the Governing Board is responsible for the conduct of the school, and promotes high standards of educational achievement. It is the accountable body in law and as such:

  • Provides the long-term strategy for the school
  • Appoints and holds the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school
  • Performance appraises the Headteacher
  • Agrees the school improvement strategy, including setting targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures
  • Monitors and evaluates the work of the school
  • Signs off the self-evaluation process and responds to Ofsted reports as necessary, and
  • Ensures parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate

In law, the quorum for a maintained governing board meeting is half the complete governing board members in post (rounded up to the nearest whole number). Vacancies on the governing board are not counted when determining whether a meeting is quorate or not.

Parent Governors

Parent governors bring the view of parents to the Governing Board, but they speak and act as individuals.  They should not be thought of as delegates of the parents, they do not vote for all parents in general.  They have equal status in the work of the Governing Body and have voting rights. If a parent wishes to contact governors then the normal channel of communication is by letter to the Clerk to the Governors via the school office.


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