School governors make up the governing board
of the school.
School governors are the largest volunteer
force in the country and have an important job in raising standards
in the school.
The number of governors on a school governing
board varies. From September 2015 all Maintained schools will have
to have constituted in line with The School Governance
(Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 or the School Governance
(Federations) (England) Regulations 2012 by September 2015.
This will mean that a governing board can
choose to have a minimum of seven governors with no stipulated
maximum number. It should be noted that maintained governing boards
have no discretion with regard to reconstitution and must do so
unless they have reconstituted voluntarily since 1st September
For Academies the number of governors on a
governing board will be recorded in the Articles of
Governors work together as one board, they
have corporate responsibility and only act alone if delegated to do
so by the whole governing board.
The work of the governing board is to provide
strategic management for the school – what does this mean?
Governors, alongside the Head teacher, set the aims and objectives
for the school. They then oversee the policies for achieving those
aims and objectives and finally set targets for achieving those
aims and objectives.
Categories of Governors
Categories of governors vary between types of
school, but all schools and academies have parent governors and the
Head teacher or principal has the right to be a governor. Governing
boards may include:
· Local Authority
Governing boards may also have:
governors – appointed by the Local Authority to schools causing
· Associate members
– not governors but appointed to the governing board because they
See paper below detailing categories
of governors and how they are elected or appointed.
Governing Board Meetings
The governing board must meet at
least three times in a school year. These meetings are
usually after school or in the evening and generally last
around two hours. Meetings are also informed by the work of
governing board committees, to which most governors belong.
The governing board usually elect a Chair and
Vice Chair of Governors annually. The Chair is responsible for
leading and facilitating governing board meetings.
The governing board appoint a Clerk to the
governing board. The Clerk is responsible for organising the
business, sending relevant documents and information to
governors in advance of the meeting and then taking minutes of the
If you would like to consider becoming
a school governor please go to the page – Becoming a School