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Governors - General

The governing body of a school has a general responsibility for the conduct of the school

Governing bodies are critical to the successful running of a school.

The governing body takes a largely strategic role in the running of the school.  This includes setting up a strategic framework for the school, setting its aims and objectives, setting policies and targets for achieving the objectives, reviewing progress and reviewing the strategic framework in the light of progress.  The governing body should act as a 'critical friend' to the head teacher by providing advice and support.

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school; and for advising on and implementing the governing body’s strategic framework.  In particular, head teachers need to formulate aims and objectives, policies and targets for the governing body to consider adopting; and to report to the governing body on progress.

Governors are the largest voluntary body in the country. They provide a valuable service to the community and help to influence the work of schools and the future of young people.

We are always looking for people who may be able and willing to serve our church schools in this important area of Christian ministry and who bring with them skills and experience from many different professions and backgrounds. If you feel you may be able to support a church school in this way please contact Sue Noakes or Sandra Reynolds for more information or to request an application form.

The current government is looking to governors more consistently to provide challenge and support in terms of standards and it is important therefore that the skills of any proposed governor or current governor due to end their term of office are considered prior to appointment. A skills audit will highlight any skills that may be lacking on the governing body and as such would be a priority for consideration when appointing governors. A great deal of commitment is required and it is also important, therefore, to be honest when approaching possible candidates about the expectations and the importance of the role.

This may at first put people off the idea and it is better to have a committed governor with the required skills and passion in the role than someone who is doing the role but who did not really wish to take it on. For those that do choose to serve our schools as governors there are benefits of developing governor skills and the satisfaction of knowing that they are making a difference to the lives of young people as part of their Christian service.

In order to prepare people for what the job entails it would be useful to share with them the information found in the governor induction pack that is sent out to all new foundation governors.

If you have any questions about the role of the governor, skills audits, the process or any other queries then please contact the office on 01244 681973 and speak to either Sue Noakes or Sandra Reynolds.

On this website we describe some of the particular features of governing bodies with particular reference to church schools in this Diocese.

To learn more about the role of governors (and the different types), click here.

Many church schools have ex-officio governors (usually the local incumbent).  For more information click here.

For information about appointing foundation governors, click here.

For information about governor training provided by the DBE, click here.

All church schools are charities.  To see guidance for governors produced by the Dfe, Charity Commission and SGOSS, click here.

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