What are Governors?

What is a Governing Body?

Every school has to have a governing body made up of members of the local community, parents, staff, teachers, and as we are a church school the local church authority (St Mary’s).  The Governing Body is responsible for the overall management of the school. 

Who are School Governors?

The actual size of the governing body depends on the size of the school.  The law determines the membership of the body, and each is made up of different types of governors.

Parent Governors

Parents and carers of pupils attending the school are eligible to stand.  They are elected by other parents/carers of children currently attending the school.

Co-opted Governors

Are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests.  These governors might possess particular skills or come from a specific group within society such as the business community.

Foundation Governors

These governors are appointed by the local Diocese to represent their Christian interests. Foundation governors have a specific responsibility in terms of monitoring and developing the Christian distinctiveness of our church school as well as having a concern for standards.

Head teacher

He or she may choose to be a Staff Governor or opt to remain independent. Whichever is the case, the head teacher has the right to attend all meetings of the governing body.

Staff Governors

Teachers or non-teaching staff who are elected by the school staff team.

Local Authority Governor

The Local Education Authority appoints these Governors. Typically, these governors possess a specific and useful skill or are known for their community work and interest in education.













What is expected of a Governor?


The main focus of the Governing Body is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. We have three core strategic functions;


  1. Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding the Head teacher and senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Becoming a school Governor requires a number of skills and commitments.



  • Attend a meeting of the full governing body at least once a term.
  • Attend a minimum of two committee meetings as required.
  • Read reports and background papers prior to meetings.
  • Attend the annual meeting of parents.
  • Attend other occasions such as concerts, open evenings, sports day.



  • Show an interest in children and their education and participate in many of the school’s activities.
  • Attend governors’ meetings.
  • Readiness to accept responsibility.
  • Get to know the staff, the pupils and their work.
  • Offer support and expertise.



  • Follow educational news and debates.
  • Attend training sessions.



  • Work co-operatively and creatively with others.
  • Use personal qualities and expertise in the interest of the school, its pupils and teachers.


If you are interested in becoming a School Governor at Barton St Peter’s please register your interest with the school office.