The role of the school governor and governing bodies

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

What’s really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people.

Governors are strongly encouraged to visit the school to help them get to know and understand how the school works, and to monitor school improvement. You may be invited to special occasions such as assemblies, sports days, plays and presentations. Being a school governor is a real opportunity to use your experience and to learn new skills.

West End Primary School and Lancashire County Council Governor Services will give you all the support and training you’ll need. New governors will have access to a mentor and are encouraged to attend induction training – essential to help them understand their role. These sessions are run across the County at different times, and tutors do their best to make them simple, rewarding and fun.

How do I become a school governor?

If you would like to be a governor you can contact the school direct or speak to a member of the team at Area North: Telephone: (01524) 581136 or email: