What do governors do?

School governors are volunteers who are committed to making sure that a school provides the best possible education for all its pupils. They work closely with the head teacher and school staff.  As part of a school's Governing Body, together they are responsible for:

  • Academic performance
  • Financial management
  • Recruitment of teachers and support staff
  • Dealing with complaints
  • The 'image' of the school within the local community
  • Asking questions, gathering views and deciding what is in the school's best interests

There are several different categories of governor: 

  • Parent governors - elected by parents at the school 
  • Staff governors - elected by teaching and non-teaching colleagues at the school 
  • Local Authority governors - appointed by Bury Council 
  • Foundation governors - appointed by the relevant Diocese (in Church schools only) 
  • Co-opted governors - appointed by existing members of the Governing Body for their particular skills and knowledge

Governors spend a few hours per month on their role. Normally this includes:

  • Attending governing body meetings, usually 3 to 6 per year
  • Attending subcommittee meetings they are involved in
  • Reading papers circulated before meetings
  • Doing any relevant research
  • Supporting the school by attending concerts, plays and fairs

Contact for Governors Support Service