In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
a) Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b) Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
c) Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The constitution of the school’s Governing Body provides for representatives from the local community nominated by the Local Education Authority, Parents, Staff and additional Community Members.
Parent Governors are elected by the parents of all children at the school. Elections are held every four years, or when a Parent Governor resigns. They may complete their four-year term, when their children are no longer in the school.
By legal statute, Governors have a duty to ensure the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum, and to see that all staff have the necessary qualities and qualifications. They also are responsible for ensuring that pupils make the best of the education offered to them.
They have responsibilities concerning the school’s finance, the use of the school out of school hours, and for maintaining links with the local community.
They regularly review all aspects of Health and Safety relating to staff and pupils, whether in school or taking part in off-site activities.