What is a School Governor?
School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Some are elected (staff and parent governors) and others are appointed either by the local authority or from the local community.
What do governors do?
School governors have a wide range of responsibilities, helping to raise standards of pupil achievement and planning the school’s future direction, always in consultation with the Headteacher and other staff. We are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community. We are not expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day management of the school: that is the job of the Headteacher and senior staff.
Governors’ responsibilities include:
Helping to establish the aims and policies of the school and how standards of education can be constantly improved
Ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered and that it meets statutory requirements, while promoting high standards and monitoring progress during the year
Appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher (being a ‘critical friend’)
Acting as a link between the local community and the school
Helping to set and manage the school budget
Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff
At Portway Junior School we do this on several levels. We meet as a Full Governing Body about six times a year but also in three main committees, where certain aspects of the school are considered in more detail. At present our committees are:
Premises – dealing with our building and grounds (including Health & Safety)
Pay, Personnel & Finance - dealing with all financial matters and staffing
Curriculum – dealing with curriculum and assessment matters
All our meetings take place on Wednesday evenings starting at either 5:30, 6:00 or 6:30. Governors normally sit on the main board and one committee (although they are welcome to come to any committee meeting.)Individual governors are also linked with a particular area, such as Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding, a curriculum subject or a year group. All governors are encouraged to visit the school during the working day if they can, but we do not interfere in the day-to-day teaching or running of the school: we leave that to the professionals!
Hampshire County Council Governor Services provide training in all aspects of governors’ responsibilities and we take full advantage of that, in order to be as effective as possible.
Getting in Touch
To contact any member of the governing body, please telephone the school on 01264 352060.
Interested in becoming a school governor?