What are governors and what do we do?
The role of a governor
The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the governing body in raising standards of achievement for all pupils. This involves:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
The individual governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the governing body, to the staff and pupils of the school and the school’s wider community.
Governors must have an interest in our children’s future, be willing to contribute and make a difference, respect the need for confidentiality and be able to work as part of a team. Governors must act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school.
What governors do
Governors are volunteers who attend meetings and work to further the school’s development. Together with the headteacher, responsibilities of governing bodies include:
- developing the school’s strategic plan
- determining aims, policies and priorities
- setting targets
- monitoring and evaluating
- deciding the number of staff
- overseeing the use of the school’s budget
- securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour.
Governors provide the headteacher with support and advice, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They ask searching questions and respect the headteacher’s position as the professional leader of the school.
How much time it takes up
The amount of time each person gives to the role will vary. However you will need to be willing to:
- Prepare for meetings. There will be papers that need reading.
- Attend meetings. The governing body must meet at least once a term, but you may also be asked to serve on at least one committee. Meetings are normally during the evening but may also be during the day.
As a full-time worker will I still have time to be a school governor?
Many governors are in full-time work and most governing body meetings tend to take place in the evening. However, you would need to check carefully the number of meetings you would be expected to attend and when they usually take place. Also bear in mind that you might want to spend time getting to know the school in other ways and joining in its activities, which may take place during the daytime.
Support for governors
- As a new school governor you can receive a nationally designed induction programme covering roles and responsibilities
- Subsequent training on a wide range of activities
- Each governing body has a clerk to provide administrative and procedural support.
Specific advice is available:
Tel: 01629 535769
We are holding an open morning for prospective Reception parents for September 2020 on Thursday, 7th November 2019, at 9am. If you would like to let us know that you will be attending, please fill in your details at the link found in the Early Years Foundation Stage section of our website (under the tab 'Our School').
We are hosting an open afternoon on the theme of Respect on Tuesday, 19th November. Parents, family and friends are welcome to join us from 2pm.
We are proud to announce that we have won a Derbyshire Healthy Schools Community Award for our efforts and hard work in promoting good mental health and well being at Hady.
07/11/2019 - Open morning for prospective Reception pupils for September 2020
13/11/2019 - Y3/4 trip to Eureka!
14/11/2019 - Jane Stapleton School Photography in school to take individual pupil photos
19/11/2019 - Open Afternoon - Respect. Parents and friends welcome to join us from 2pm
20/11/2019 - Year 5 visit to Parliament
20/11/2019 - Y4 visit to Derby Open Centre
26/11/2019 - Year 6 visit to Derby Open Centre
04/12/2019 - Y1-Y6 Parents Evening
05/12/2019 - Y1-Y6 Parents Evening
16/12/2019 - EYFS Christmas Assembly @ 9am
17/12/2019 - KS1 Christmas Production @ 2pm
18/12/2019 - KS1 Christmas Production @ 2pm
19/12/2019 - Whole school visit to the Crooked Spire for annual carol service - parents and friends invited to join us from approximately 1:45pm
20/12/2019 - Last day of term