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What is the Role of a School Governor

Role of a school governor

To contribute to the work of the Governing Board in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


As part of the Governing Board team, a governor is expected to:

  • Contribute to the strategic discussions at Governing Board meetings which determine:
    • the vision and ethos of the school
    • clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the school
    • that all children, including those with special educational needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
    • the school’s budget, including the expenditure of the pupil premium allocation
    • the school’s staffing structure and key staffing policies
    • the principles to be used by school leaders to set other school policies

Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school’s performance; this includes:

  • agreeing the outcomes from the school’s self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the school development plan
  • considering all relevant data and feedback provided on request by school leaders and external sources on all aspects of school performance
  • asking challenging questions of school leaders
  • ensuring senior leaders have arranged for the required audits to be carried out and receiving the results of those audits
  • ensuring senior leaders have developed the required policies and procedures and the school is operating effectively according to those policies
  • acting as a link governor on a specific issue, making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, and reporting to the Governing Board on the progress on the relevant school priority
  • listening to and reporting to the school’s stakeholders: pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, including local employers