South Grove Primary School
GOVERNORS’ JOB DESCRIPTION –
All employees of the school are required to discharge their duties within agreed standards and parameters. It seems reasonable therefore to have similar expectations of a Governor, even though this is a voluntary position.
Purpose of Position
The purpose of a Governor is to contribute to the work of the GB in raising standards of achievement for all pupils, whilst working within an allocated budget. This involves providing a strategic view for the school, acting as a challenging friend and ensuring accountability.
The individual Governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the GB, to the staff and pupils of the school, the school’s wider community and where they are representatives, to their particular constituency (parents; staff; teachers; community; etc).
Although some Governors may represent particular constituencies they are not delegates of
A Governor has many responsibilities and they include to:
• Develop the strategic plan for the school
• Determine aims, policies and priorities of the school
• Set statutory and non-statutory targets
• Monitor and evaluate the work of the school
• Appoint staff and ensure the implementation of a range of personnel procedures
• Manage the budget
• Secure high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour
• Ensure that all children in the school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that is suitable to age, aptitude and ability, and which nurtures the whole child and encourages respect for others.
• Ensure the health and safety of pupils and staff.
There are several tasks for Governors to undertake and they include to:
• Get to know the school: its needs, strengths and areas for development
• Attend meetings (full GB, committees and working groups)
• Work as a member of a team
• Commit to training and development opportunities.
• Act within the framework of the policies of the GB and legal requirements
• Speak, act and vote in the best interests of the school
• Represent the perspectives of constituencies, where appropriate and
• Respect all GB decisions and support them in public
Governors have a variety of skills and knowledge but there are a number of essential qualities
required of any Governor and they include:
- An interest in the education of all children
- Sound communication skills in listening, speaking and writing.
- Assimilation skills to help absorb and make use of wide ranges of information and data
- The capacity to develop specific knowledge and understanding of the school and its community.
- A sense of fairness.
- A commitment to equal opportunities.
- A commitment to securing the best educational outcomes for all young people.
- Tact and diplomacy.
- An ability to work as a member of a team.
- An ability to respect confidentiality.
- A willing, constructive work ethic with a team of Governors who have some or all of these qualities.
- A commitment to participate in training and self-evaluation.
The points below summarise what is expected of each Governor as a minimum requirement.
- Attend the full GB meetings, usually 3 each term, and read agendas, papers and minutes
- Become members of committees which meet at least once a term, or as necessary, and attend meetings
- Attend training sessions as appropriate and remain aware of their own training needs
- Be a “challenging friend” ready to offer constructive criticism and support the school community
- Be prepared to be available on occasions to visit the school to carry out Governor responsibilities
i.e Link Governor Visits, interviews, meeting staff or pupils
- Be able to have some flexibility around own commitments
Code of Conduct, by which we expect our Governors to abide during their term of office:
I agree to abide by the following key principles:
- To act with integrity, objectivity and honesty, in the best interests of the school
- To work as a member of a team - the Governing Body (GB) - at all times and be loyal
to collective decisions made by the GB
- To recognise that all Governors have the same rights and responsibilities unless
particular responsibilities are conferred on them by the full GB
I know I am expected to:
- Attend meetings promptly, regularly, and for the full time
- Prepare for meetings by reading papers beforehand
- Listen to and respect the views of others
- Express my own views clearly and succinctly
- Take my fair share of work/positions of responsibility
- Attend training and take responsibility for my own learning and development as a Governor
- Know, understand and work within legal requirements.
- Respect confidentiality
- Support decisions of the GB in public
- Report any evidence of fraud, corruption or misconduct to an appropriate person or authority
- Consent to a confidential criminal record check to ensure I am not disqualified to be a Governor and to meet child protection requirements.