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Being a Governor


What do the Board of Governors do at Shardlow Primary School?

School governors make collective decisions as part of the governing body whose primary function is to help raise the educational standards and performance of a school by supporting the work of the head teacher and staff. In our school the full governing body meets every term to discuss issues of finance, children and learning and the strategic direction of the school. They also meet in three separate groups for each of these areas each term to discuss in detail any issues and raise areas for improvement.


The governors monitor the subject leadership within the school and give direction and support to ensure that areas are developed in line with the school’s ethos and priorities, taking account of national expectations and developments.

Governors make important decisions on how a school will be run. They ensure the Head teacher is monitoring the curriculum and performance within school, following national and county directives and ensuring best value for the school. They may constructively challenge the Head teacher on decisions and performance data, and offer strategic support for improvement. The governing body is answerable to parents and the wider community.


Some of the things expected of governors include:

Working alongside the Head teacher to:

  • Promote high standards of achievement
  • Set the school's aims, values and ethos
  • Decide upon budgetary allocation and control.
  • Planning the school's long-term future
  • Appointing staff
  • Monitoring and implementation of policies
  • To respond to complaints which cannot be dealt with by the Head Teacher


Our aim is to ensure that every child gets the best possible start in life, receives an excellent education and has the support and protection they and their families need to allow them to fulfil their potential.

All Governors are volunteers and at our school we have 3 types of Governor:

1: Parent Governors- Parent Governors are elected by the parents of children at the school.

2: Staff Governors- Staff Governors are elected by the staff at the school.

3. Community Governors –representatives from the community. These may also be parents but may have no connection with the school.

The Head teacher attends all Governing body meetings