What is the role of a Governor? School Governors are representatives of the wider school community and include people drawn from the parents, the school staff, other members of the local community and/or people with special skills that could benefit the work of the governing body. Governing bodies play three key roles:
- They provide a strategic overview of the work of the school.
- They act as a critical friend to the school.
- They ensure accountability to the local community.
Who appoints governors? Governors are either elected or appointed. The responsibility for appointing or electing governors (not all types of governor appear on every governing body) is as follows:
- Parent and staff governors are elected by the rest of the parents and staff of the individual school. Should not enough parents stand for election then the governing body can appoint a parent governor.
- The governing body appoints community and sponsor governors.
- The Local Authority appoints Local Authority governors.