Governing Body

Working closely with the Headteacher, the main responsibility of Governing Bodies is to determine the aims and overall conduct of the school, with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

The specific duties of governing bodies include:

  • Setting staffing levels
  • Appointing Headteachers
  • Setting and agreeing the school budget
  • Ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered
  • Monitoring Health and Safety and the management of the premises

It is important that governors and staff not only act impartially but are also seen to act impartially. The governing body and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.To help put this duty into practice, a governing body is required to establish and maintain a register of pecuniary interests indicating, for all governors and the headteacher, any business interests. The school should keep a copy of each governor’s individual register as they must be available on request for inspection, by the local authority, governors, staff and parents. The registers will also be inspected by the auditors when carrying out during routine audit visits at the school.