Every school has a governing body with a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 20 governors. The governing body of Pensby High School, or board of governors, consists of 12 governors comprising:
Governors play an essential and important role in raising school standards through three key functions:
1. Working with the headteacher to set the School’s strategic direction. As part of the governing body, a governor is expected to:-
Contribute to the strategic discussions at governing body meetings which determine:
2. Hold school leaders to account for the performance of our pupils including:-
3. Ensure the school’s finances are well spent including:-
Ensuring the school staff have the resources and support required to do their jobs well, including the necessary expertise on business management, external advice where necessary, effective appraisal and CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and suitable premises, and that the way in which those resources are used has impact.
Essentially, governors oversee the work of the school and make sure it provides a good quality education for its pupils. Governors work in partnership with the headteacher and staff.
When necessary governors are required to serve on panels of governors to:
The role of governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role.
A governor does NOT:
As governors become more experienced there are other roles they may volunteer for, which would increase their degree of involvement and level of responsibility (e.g. as chair of a committee).
A key consideration in the appointment and election of all new governors is the skills and experience the governing body needs to be effective.
A strong understanding of the core functions is essential and underpins all aspects of governance. Some governors may have qualifications/professional skills which are needed within the governing body, but not in a professional capacity. Governors do not have to be educational experts. They are there to provide an independent view. What governors do need is:
Being a governor involves being committed and giving significant amounts of time and energy. Careful consideration should be given to what the role entails when agreeing to serve on the governing body. In order to perform the role well, a governor is expected to:
The governing body works within three main committees responsible for different areas. These are Finance and Staffing, Curriculum and Pupil Personal Development. The governing body can also appoint Associate Members to serve on one or more governing body committees and attend full governing body meetings. The definition of Associate Member is wide and pupils, school staff and people who are needed to contribute specifically on issues related to a specific area (for instance finance, building, health and safety) can be appointed. Note: Associate Members are not governors.
Although the term of office is four years governors can resign within that period should they so wish. However because it can take time to understand and develop the skills needed to be a governor many governors carry on for longer than that. Some of our governors have been governors for in excess of 10 years.
The three committees of the governing body and full governing body meet once a term. Committee meetings are held early in the evening. However other meetings may take place during the school day.