Governors

A full Governors’ Meeting is held each term when any item regarding the school can be discussed. There are also two smaller governor committees, which also meet termly before the full Governors' meeting to review different aspects of the school in more depth: 

1. School Improvement Committee (SIC) which deal with curriculum, educational standards, SEND, pupil premium, sports funding and other aspects of the school relating to education. 

2. Resources Committee which deals with finance, staffing, premises, health & safety and other matters. 

Please see the attachment at the bottom of this page for membership of these committees. 

 

Who are school governors? 

All schools need a good mix of people from their local community, from all walks of life, who can bring different viewpoints, experience, skills and fresh ideas with them. Governors can be parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches and businesses. They don’t need to be an expert. What’s really important is that they have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.

Some governors are elected by parents; some are appointed by the governing body itself or the local authority. This is to help governing bodies reflect the communities they serve. What really matters is working together as a governing body to do the best for the school.

 

What do governors do?

The governing body works with the headteacher and the staff at the school to make sure the school provides good quality education for all its pupils, and constantly strives to improve. Governors don’t need specialist skills; just an ability to listen, think through new ideas, and decide what’s best for the school as part of a team. They need to set high expectations and ask challenging questions, but are not expected to make day to day decisions about how the school is run. That’s the job of the headteacher and senior staff.

 

The three key roles of a governing body are to:

  • provide strategic direction for the school;
  • support the headteacher, but constantly look to raise standards;
  • ensure accountability.

 

This means that as a governor, they may get involved in:

  • making sure the curriculum provides for and stretches all pupils;
  • making sure the school buildings are welcoming, safe and well used;
  • setting and monitoring the school’s values, aims and policies;
  • deciding how the budget should be spent and ensuring good value for money;
  • appointing staff and making sure the right development and reward arrangements are in place.

 

How much time does it take?

The term of office for a school governor is normally four years. They volunteer their time to go to meetings in the evenings and read the paperwork before the meeting.

A full governors’ meeting is held each term when any item regarding the school can be discussed. There are also two smaller governor committees which also meet termly before the full governors' meeting to review different aspects of the school in more depth: 

1. School Improvement Committee (SIC) which deal with curriculum, educational standards, SEND, pupil premium, sports funding and other aspects of the school relating to education. 

2. Resources Committee which deals with finance, staffing, premises, health & safety and other matters. 

We encourage our governors to visit often so that they get to know and understand how the school works, and to monitor school improvement. They are also invited to special occasions such as assemblies, sports days, plays and presentations. You can find out more about our governing body by visiting our website.

 

How do I become a school governor?

If you would like to be a governor, you can contact the school direct or speak to a member of the team at Area North by phone (01524) 581136 or email: governors.north@lancashire.gov.uk

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