Governors - What we do

School governors are a team of people who work closely with the headteacher to make key decisions vital to the successful running of the school. The governors appoint the headteacher and make decisions that directly affect the education and well-being of the children. They play an important role in improving standards throughout the school and agree the school’s budget.

The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the headteacher and staff. Rather than manage, governors are there to help shape the school’s future direction and focus.

Governors work as a team. Individual governors have no power or responsibility. It is only the full governing body which has legal duties and powers and all governors share in that corporate responsibility.

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It’s important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community. Governors are responsible for how the school is performing. They have to be prepared to support and challenge their headteacher by asking questions and deciding what’s best for the pupils.

The task can be divided into two main roles – providing a strategic overview and acting as a critical friend.

We have ten governors at Park.

Parent governors are appointed by the parents of children at the school (or The Full Governing Body if the parent governor is elected following unsuccessful parent election).

Co-opted governors are appointed the The Full Governing Body.

Staff governors are appointed by members of the school staff.

Local Authority governor is appointed by The Full Governing Body following nomination by the LA.

Governors meet termly and attend the following committees:

  • Full Governing Body  committee meets three times a year
  • Finance, Personnel and Premises committee meets three times a year
  • Standards and Curriculum committee meets three times a year.