Role of the Governing Body

A strong, well led governing body, supportive of the school, its staff and its mission, make a crucial contribution to the school's well-being and effectiveness.

Governors are the strategic leaders within schools and have the responsibility of promoting high standards of educational achievement, ensuring every child in their school receives the best quality education. According to the DfE Governors' Handbook (January 2015), the governing body has three strategic functions;

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The size of the governing body can vary, but a church school's governing body will be made up of representatives from the school staff (including the headteacher), the local authority, the parent body, the PCC of the parish church and the Diocese, the latter ​being referred to as Foundation Governors. Foundation Governors have their own specific role within the governing body.  

Guildford Diocese Education is committed to supporting all our governors and ​provides a substantial training programme. Each church school has an Attached Consultant who is also able to offer in-school training and advice for governing bodies.

Useful Links

DfE Governors' Handbook (January 2015)

National Governors' Association

Ofsted Common Inspection Framework (September 2015) 

Governor Training


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

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