What school governors do

School governing bodies are made up of people from school communities. People who want to make a positive addition to children's learning.

Every school has a governing body. They work with the headteacher to set the future direction for the school.  They also decide how the school spends its budget.  They've a duty for making sure the school provides good quality education and for raising pupils’ attainment by:

  • setting strategic direction
  • ensuring accountability
  • monitoring and evaluating school performance
  • acting as a critical friend

Governors govern rather than manage.  Their role is one of direction and focus. They make decisions together on matters such as performance targets, school policies, and the school's plan. As well as providing support and advice to the headteacher, their role is to challenge the headteacher.  This is done by gathering views, asking searching questions making sure decisions are in the best interest of the school.

Governors report to parents on the school's achievements and respond to inspection findings.  They also hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints.

Barnsley Governors Association

Governors in Barnsley can become members of the Barnsley Governors Association. It supports, promotes and improves school governance. Their site provides latest news, events and support for all governors in the borough.  

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