Westbury School Governors
As from 1st March 2015 the Governing Body of the School reconstituted under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012.
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the headteacher and other members of staff. In some schools the site is owned by the governing board. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one; its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school;
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives;
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives;
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives;
- be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend).
Governors hold full meetings a minimum of 3 times a year, and each governor is also assigned to one or more specific committee (the Education Standards Committee, which deals with everything to do with the curriculum and safeguarding, the Operations Committee, which deals with premises, health & safety and publicity). In addition to this many governors are familiar faces around the school – we attend school functions, are present at parents’ evenings and have individual responsibilities related to different curriculum subjects.
Why we do it
Being a governor involves a huge amount of time and commitment. We need to familiarise ourselves with the world of education, get to know every last detail about how the school functions, plough our way through endless acronyms and educational lingo, and work in partnership with Gloucester Diocese. Governors are not paid, even though they are legally responsible for the School’s management. However, no-one who serves as a governor at Westbury-on-Severn CE Primary School does so for any reason other than the chance to give the children in our care the best possible educational experiences and to promote the school; ensuring that it runs as efficiently and successfully as possible.