The governing body's main aim is to:
- help raise standards of achievement
- make sure the school provides good or outstanding education provision
Whilst the day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the head teacher and staff, governors set the future direction for the school. They decide how the school's budget should be spent.
Governing bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as:
- performance targets
- school policies
- the school's improvement plan
Governing bodies report to parents on the school's achievements and respond to inspection recommendations.
Governors use their knowledge and experience to provide the head teacher with support and advice. They ask searching questions by acting as a ‘critical friend’ of the school.
Governors work as a team. Individual governors have no power or responsibility. It is only the full governing body which has legal duties and powers. All governors share in this corporate responsibility.