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

Governing bodies:

  • set the school’s strategic direction
  • hold the head teacher to account for a school’s performance
  • ensure that the school’s budget is properly managed

Governing bodies meet at least once a term. Many use sub-committees to look at more detailed aspects of their work and advise them on decisions. Committees often look at issues like pupil performance, the curriculum, staffing, finance and premises.

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

Induction training and ongoing professional development is provided.

Governors are volunteers, but can receive ‘out of pocket’ expenses. In addition, reasonable time off from work is given.

If you are interested and feel that you have time to commit to this valuable role, please complete the Application form for School Governorship and send it back to us.


Governors Services
Haringey Education Partnership
Hornsey School for Girls
Inderwick Road
N8 9JF

Tel 0203 967 5093/5097
Email carolyn.banks@haringeyeducationpartnership.co.uk or brenda.bruno@haringeyeducationpartnership.co.uk