Each school has a governing body which plays an important part in the life of the school.
Governing Bodies are made up of local people and will include parents; persons appointed by the Local Authority, teachers, staff, the headteacher and may include representatives of the local community and representatives of the church. The number of members will depend upon the size of the school.
The governing body has a general responsibility for the strategic management, which means:
- setting aims and objectives for the school;
- adopting policies for achieving those aims and objectives;
- setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives;
- and reviewing progress towards achieving the aims and objectives.
Governing bodies have a range of duties and powers in legislation:
- conducting the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement and behaviour;
- setting appropriate school targets for pupil achievement at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4;
- taking general responsibility for the conduct of the school - in practice this means policy making and how, in broad strategic terms, the school should be run;
- managing the school's budget, including determining the staff complement and making decisions on staff pay in accordance with the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD);
- making sure that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based and in particular that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught;
- providing parents with a report every year which includes information about National Curriculum assessments and examination results;
- appointing the head teacher and deputy head teacher (with advice from the LA and, in the case of voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools the Diocese) and other staff and regulating staff conduct and discipline; and
- drawing up an action plan following an Estyn inspection.
Governors Wales has a considerable amount of information on all aspects of school governing bodies and can be accessed via their website www.governorswales.org.uk or telephone 0845 60 20 100.
All school governing bodies include parent governors who are normally elected by parents of registered pupils at the school. Further information can be obtained directly from the school.
Local Authority Governors
Individuals nominated as Local Authority Governors should be able to demonstrate:
- a commitment to and an interest in education;
- a desire to support the school concerned;
- a willingness to serve the local community;
- skills and experience which will support the work of the school;
- the ability to work as a member of a team;
- the required degree of discretion and confidentiality;
- a willingness to give of the required time to fulfil their obligations to the Governing Body;
- an empathy with the linguistic and cultural diversity of the County Borough, particularly in support of the Welsh language;
- a willingness to support the aspirations and strategic intentions of the County Borough;
- a commitment to attending governor training.
In addition, Local Authority Governor nominees should not:
- knowingly be disqualified from serving as a school governor;
- be an employee of the school.
If you would like to be considered for appointment as a Local Authority Governor please complete the attached Application Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Local Authority has a range of vacancies and appoint Local Authority governors on a monthly basis.