The governing body is the strategic decision making body for schools. It plays a crucial role in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

The three core function of governing bodies are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Governing bodies meet at least once a term, but many meet twice a term and also have committees, which consider matters around Resources and the Curriculum in greater detail. Governing bodies are usually  made up of parents, staff, a local authority governor and skilled co-opted governors. It is recommended that the make up of governing bodies reflects the wider community that it serves.

Governors work closely with the Headteacher who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

Governing bodies need committed and enthusiastic people with relevant skills including the ability to  ask questions and analyse alongside personal attributes, qualities and capabilities, such as the ability and willingness to learn and develop new skills.

New Governors receive an induction pack and are invited to new governor induction training. They are also invited to attend regular briefings and governor training on a range of topically and relevant subjects to enhance their knowledge around good governance.

You can apply to become a governor by completing the attached application form (link to be inserted). Alternatively you can apply either through Inspiring Governance or Governors for Schools

If you would like further information on the role or on any aspects of school governance please contact Brenda Bruno, Deputy for  Governors Services at

Tel 0203 967 5093/5097

Download Application Form