Each school has a governing body which comprises members of the local community, parents, teachers, staff and representatives of the Local Education Authority. The governing body is responsible for the overall management of the school. The actual size of the governing body depends on the size of the school; the membership is determined by law, and each is made up of different types of governors.
When vacancies arise for parent governors, information is circulated to all parents / carers, and to be eligible to be nominated as a parent governor, a person must have a child registered at the school for which the Governing Body is responsible. The term of office for governors is for four years and a parent governor can, if he / she so chooses, serve the full term of office even if his / her child is no longer a pupil at that school.
Governing Bodies are required by law to meet at least once a term but can meet more frequently in order to discuss specific matters.
The role of the governing body is to contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:
• Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.