Woodridge School Governing Body
Woodridge school has a governing body which comprises members of the local community, parents, teachers, staff and representatives of the Local Education Authority.
The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding. The governing body is responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, we set the school's aims and policies.
Governors have three main roles:
To provide strategic direction for the school
To act as a critical friend to the headteacher
To ensure accountability
They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
Determining how the school's budget is spent
The appointing and dismissing of staff
Hearing appeals and grievances
Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies
Governing Bodies are required by law to meet at least once a term but can meet more frequently in order to discuss specific matters.
What are the different types of governors at Woodridge School?
Parent - elected by the parents of children currently attending the school. Such governors must have a child at the school at the time of the election.
Teacher - members of the school's teaching staff, elected by the teachers.
LEA - appointed by the Local Education Authority. Typically, these governors possess a specific and useful skill or are known for their community work and interest in education.
Headteacher - may choose to be a governor or opt to remain independent. Whichever is the case, the headteacher has the right to attend all meetings of the governing body.
Community - appointed by the governing body, these governors may possess particular skills or come from a specific group within society such as the business community. An additional community governor representing the minor authority is included in primary schools governing bodies.
Do you want to be a school governor?
There are no formal qualifications needed to become a school governor. The one essential requirement is an interest in, and commitment to, the education of children. Governors have to be over 18 years of age and the term of office is four years.
Governors are ordinary people, drawn from many areas of society. They need to be able to devote time to getting to know the school well and to be active and available in their support for it. Having common sense and a desire to serve the community are also important.