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What do Governors do?

The question we are most commonly asked is ‘What do Governors do?’.


The governing body is responsible for ensuring our school provides good quality education, promoting high standards of academic achievement but also helping ensure that the school is a safe and happy place for our pupils and staff.


The Governors work in partnership with the Headteacher setting the overall objectives for the school and monitoring progress.  The Headteacher is responsible for the day to day operational management of the school.


Governors are often described as the school’s ‘Critical Friend’ and this is part of our ‘job’, but the Governing Body also


  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school's future direction
  • makes sure the national curriculum is taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs
  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing
  • selects the Headteacher

The Governing Body is made up from four groups of people:


  • 4 Parent Governors who are elected.  They should keep in touch with other parents but make up their own minds on how to vote on any specific issue.
  • 2 Staff Governors include the head and a representative from teaching staff who is elected by their colleagues.
  • 1 Local education authority Governors who is appointed by the local authority (Surrey County Council in our case).
  • 7 Co-opted Governors who can be living or working in the local community and have an interest in the school, or individuals approached because of a particular skill which would be beneficial to the Governing Body.  Co-opted governors are invited to join by the Governing Body and their appointment confirmed via a vote.


All Governors can be contacted through the School Office or if you see us in and around the school please don't be afraid to approach us.