Role of Governors
Governors are the strategic leaders of schools, and play a vital role in making sure every child gets the best possible education. This is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of a Governing Body is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.
The Governing Body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
- 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.
At Longmoor, the Governing Body undertakes employer responsibilities, while our staff are employed by the Local Authority. Admissions to the school fall into the same category – while the Governors are responsible for the overall management of the school, they do not determine who is admitted to the school as a pupil.
Our Governors understand their role well, and have built a productive and supportive relationship with the headteacher. The school ensures that governors have the necessary skills and commitment, including the ability to challenge the school to bring about improvement. The Governing Body ensures that there is an effective Chairperson in place at all times, and a clerk who is able to advise on the nature of their functions and duties.
Governors always welcome feedback from parents as well as comments from all stakeholders in the community. If you would like to contact the school governors please phone/email the school office giving the general nature of your query. They will take your contact details and arrange for the most appropriate governor to contact you.
In the unlikely event you have a complaint, the school complaints policy would still apply and your complaint should in the first instance be directed to the Head Teacher. If, however, you are not satisfied with the outcome of such discussion, it is possible to make a complaint to the Governing Body. This should always be in writing. Any letters should be handed in at the school office and addressed to ‘The Chair of Governors’ c/o the school.