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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why does a school need a Governing body? 

    Governing bodies represent the public in the running of the school, bringing perspectives from ordinary life. They work with staff and the Local Authority to help the school provide the best possible education for all children and young people.

  • What is the role of the Governing Body?

    The Governing Body of our school plays a key role in:

    • Setting targets for raising standards of educational achievement.

    • Monitoring progress towards meeting these targets.

    • Finding the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of the headteacher and therefore the performance of his staff and the school as a whole.

    • Deciding policy and future development plans

    • Upholding good governance and working towards the success of the School

  • Who can be a governor?

    Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches or businesses. It is important that you can work as part of a team, and can give commitment to the school.

    You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What's really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.

  • Are governors paid?

    No, all of our governors are volunteers and there is no payment for carrying out the role.

  • What is expected of a governor?

    Governors are expected to:

    • Maintain confidentiality at ALL times
    • Attend at least 6 governing body meetings a year (minimum 1 per half term, evenings)
    • Attend occasional training sessions
    • Join one of our committees
    • Take responsibility for a curriculum area (school time visit), providing a written report and verbal feedback to the governing body
  • Are there any reasons why someone can’t become a governor?

    Almost anybody over 18 can serve as a governor but there are some understandable restrictions. No one can serve if they are barred from working with children or vulnerable adults, if they have severe mental illness such that they may be liable to be detained under the mental health act or if they are an un-discharged bankrupt. People with certain criminal convictions are ineligible depending on the nature of the offence and sentence and how long ago the offence took place:

    • not have been sentenced to three months or more in prison (without the option of a fine) in the five years before becoming a governor
    • not have received a prison sentence of 2.5 years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor
    • not have at any time received a prison sentence of five years or more
    • not have been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the five years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor
    • not be disqualified from working with children
    • Although full criminal records checks are not routinely required at the moment, any governor who refused to apply for one when asked to do so would be disqualified.

    There are a few other restrictions which help protect the balance of interests on governing bodies. For example Local Councillors are eligible to be appointed as LA governors but not as Community governors.  There is also a requirement that people who are paid to work in the school for more than 500 hours in a year will not be able to be appointed to any category other than staff governor in that school.

  • What is a pecuniary interest?

    A governor must avoid using his/her position as a governor for personal gain or the gain of other outside parties. All governors have to sign a pecuniary interests register declaring their interests and relationships with school staff.