Burlington C of E Primary School

Thank you for reading this page. I hope that is an indication that you are interested in the role of the governor’s of Burlington School.

The Role of The Governing body.

There are three strategic areas in the role of the governing body.

a. Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

b. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and

c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it’s money is well spent.

The day to day running of the school is left to the head teacher and the management team.

Types of governors

The constitution of the board of governors has just been reorganised and from September 2015 our governing body will consist of:

1 Local authority governor

2 Foundation governors

2 Parent governors

2 Staff governors (including the head teacher)

2 Co-opted governor

This gives a team of 9. Other people can be added to the board as

Associate Governors to provide the skills and expertise required.

What would I be expected to do?

The GB will be split into committees. At present we have three:



and Premises.

Only the head and the chair would attend more than one committee.

At present there are four full board meetings a year, with committee meetings prior to them.

The committee will oversee it’s allotted area by receiving reports, forming and monitoring policies.

Governors will be expected to visit the school to ensure they are familiar with the ethos of the school and to carry out their monitoring duties. We realise that all governors are volunteers but we would like them to be as professional as possible in carrying out their roles.

Who makes the decisions?

Decisions are made by the full governing body. Therefore the responsibility of governing the school lies with the full board.The chair of governors is the link between the head, the school and the governors. He/she has no more power than any other governor. They would be required to meet with the head on a regular basis, but would only undertake to make decisions, that could not be put off until the next board meeting, under exceptional circumstances.

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