Governors' Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Governing Body

Governing bodies are responsible for the strategic management of a school and make decisions about a wide range of issues.  The core responsibilities involved are:

  • Setting the school's aims and values
  • Acting as a 'critical friend' to the Headteacher by both challenge and support
  • Monitoring and evaluating to the school's progress
  • Budgetary allocation and control
  • Ensuring accountability.  Governors need to strike a balance between respecting the professional roles and expertise of the Headteacher and other staff on the one hand; and being formally accountable for the school's overall performance to parents, other stakeholders, the community and outside organisations with statutory reponsibilities for education e.g. OfSTED.
  • Planning for the long term future of the school.
  • Appointing senior members of staff including the Headteacher.


The Raynes Park Governing Body meets half termly and has three committees which meet regularly.  These committees meet separately from the main governing body to discuss relevant issues in more detail.  Discussion is then fed back at a full governing body meeting.  The committees are -

  • Business which considers finance and personnel issues
  • Standards and Quality which considers the curriculum and achievement
  • Health, Safety and Premises


Governors work by -

  • Serving on Committees and Working Groups, preparing for and attending meetings, contributing to discussions and helping to take forward agreed action after meetings.
  • Gettings to know the school by visiting it and meeting staff (e.g. through being a Link Governor to specific departments and by Strategic Visits), reading information provided by the school for governors and supporting school events.
  • Taking responsibility for their personal training and development and helping to support new governors.