The governing body’s main aim is to help raise standards of achievement and make sure the college provides a good quality education. Their priority is always the wellbeing and education of all students of the college.
The day-to-day management of the college is the responsibility of the headteacher and staff. Rather than manage, governors are there to help shape the college’s future direction and focus.
They provide challenge and support to the headteacher, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, college policies and college development plans. They monitor the impact of policies and oversee college budgets and staffing. They hear appeals from students and staff and consider complaints. They ask searching questions and respect the position of the headteacher as a professional leader of the college.
The governing body has a good working relationship with, and gets regular reports from, the headteacher; it can therefore monitor how well the college is doing and how well policies and plans are being implemented. The governing body will get to know the college well.
Governors attend college events and regular meetings, and read relevant reports and background papers. Governors can expect to attend around 3–4 meetings every term, either full meetings of the governing body or committee meetings. Governors may also be invited to be part of appointment panels, exclusion panels, working parties or sub-committees when required or to be linked with and monitor a particular aspect of the College Improvement Plan.