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What do Governors do?

The role of Governors is to manage the school with a view to providing the best possible education and educational opportunities for all the pupils. This involves:  


1) Setting the strategic direction for the school; 

2) Taking corporate decisions in relation to the statutory functions of the Governoring Body


Governors all are volunteers and given up their own time to carry out the above role.


Governors make collective decisions. Our main purpose is to help raise the educational standards and performance of St Mary's School by challenging and supporting the work of the Headteacher and school staff. We ensure that the school runs effectively, that quality teaching and learning is happening across the school, that the budget is spent wisely and that St Mary's provides good value for money.


We make strategic decisions on how the school is run and are answerable to parents, the wider community and most importantly the children who attend St Mary's. We govern rather than manage, giving direction and focus. The management of the school remains the responsibility of the Headteacher. We are responsible for:


  • Appointing senior staff and ensuring the implementation of a range of personnel procedures.
  • Managing the school's budget.
  • Determining aims, policies and priorities for St Mary's.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school and targets.
  • Ensuring high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour.
  • Ensuring that all children in the school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, suitable to age, aptitude and ability, which prepares them for adult life.
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff.


Governor’s play an important & valuable and role in the support of our school.  They are volunteers who give up their spare time and experience to help maintain and improve the school for the children.


The Governing Body meets regularly either in sub-committee or full governing body meeting.  The governors also work closely with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and school staff.


The responsibility for the actions and decisions of the governing body lies with the whole governing body not with individual governors.


All governors are required to undertake regular training provided to enable them to exercise their duties effectively. This is a vital part of being a governor enabling us to keep up to date with changes across all areas of education provision