Governors are like a Board of Directors and make decisions about how the school is run. Governors are appointed to help:
- Decide what is taught
- Set standards of behaviour
- Interview and select staff
- Decide on how the school budget is spent
- Support the Head Teacher and staff.
School governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They can only act together; they cannot act individually.
School governors are:
- Teachers at the School
- Staff who are not teachers at the school
- Local Authority representatives
- Community representatives, businessmen and women. (co-opted governors)
- Associate members who are invited to join the committee - they do not have voting rights
- Have a child in the school
- Are elected by parents of the school
- Serve for four years, as do other governors.
Parent governors are on the Governing Body as they bring the views of parents, but they speak and act as individuals. They have equal status on the Governing Body and have voting rights. Parent governors are expected to make sure that all communications with parents are both informative and jargon-free. Parent governors should be aware of ways to encourage parent interest and should become actively involved in drawing parents into the school.