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Role of Governors

School governors are members of governing bodies, whose purpose is to help provide the best possible education for pupils here at St Luke’s. Their main function is to raise standards, monitoring progress against the targets they set.

What does the school governor do?

The governing body meets regularly and works with the head teacher and the staff to decide the school’s aims and policies and to oversee the efficient running of the school.

The governors work in partnership with the school, Diocese and the Local Authority and have particular responsibility for:

  • Setting aims and planning for the future of the school
  • Agreeing targets to raise standards of achievement
  • Ensuring the curriculum for the school promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the pupils
  • Managing the school budget by providing the head teacher with guidance, setting priorities and budget monitoring
  • Staffing issues including appointing the head teacher and other staff and determining salaries
  • Deciding the school’s policies on issues including admission and the length of the school day
  • Making sure all pupils have equal opportunities within the school and providing for pupils with special educational needs
  • Ensuring there is a high standard of maintenance of the school’s premises
  • Dealing with complaints about the school

How does the governing body do this?

The full governing body, including the Headteacher, meets twice a term. The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, but consults with the governing body, reporting at every meeting on how the school is performing and whether it is meeting its objectives. The governing body offers support and constructive advice to the Headteacher.

Who is on the governing body?

Governors are usually appointed for 4 years and the number varies according the school’s type and size. Some governors represent the Local Authority, some the Local Church and others are parents of children at the school elected by other parents. Governors are people from different walks of life who may have business or other skills. For a full list, click here.

How can I find out what the governors have discussed?

Some information is confidential. However, the public minutes of the governors’ meetings are available through the school office.

How can I contact the governors?

If you have any concerns that you wish to bring to the attention of the governors, you can do one of the following:

  • speak to one of the parent governors in the playground
  • write to the chair of governors, and hand your letter in to the school office.

Who can be a school governor?

Governors are usually appointed for 4 years and the number varies according the school’s type and size. Some governors represent the Local Authority, some the Local Church and others are parents of children at the school elected by other parents. Governors are people from different walks of life who may have business or other skills. Often just by asking straightforward critical questions of the school on behalf of the community they can have as valuable an influence as the education professionals with whom they work.

Please see the list of members of the governing body for any governor vacancies.