The Government has given a range of duties to school governing bodies in various Education Acts and the power and overall authority to carry these out. The articles of government may give further powers and duties to the governing body. The governing body is a group, a corporate body. Individual Governors have no power except where the whole governing body have delegated a specific power to that individual.
Roles & Accountability
Governors may need to adopt various roles during their time as a member of the schools governing body.
All our governors are ambassadors for the school and will be seen as representing the school and are encouraged to present a positive image of our school at all opportunities wherever they go in the community and should not criticise the school in public.
The governing body acts as a group, a corporate body. This may be particularly difficult for a governor if he / she did not support a decision made by the group as a corporate decision. Yet the person must be loyal to the decision and not betray the confidentiality of the meeting.
Possible roles include the following and each one in turn could be discussed, interpreted and a common understanding arrived at:
Adviser, advocate, ambassador, accountant, arbiter, buck carrier, consultant, critical friend, conciliator, champion, consumer watchdog, guardian, interpreter, judge, manager, mediator, mentor, monitor, overseer, partner, public relations officer, policy maker, strategic planner, supporter, trustee.
Governing bodies consist of unique individuals and as such no two governing bodies are alike. Yet through the involvement, commitment, different interests and often devotion to the school and its future, the Governors via their decisions and actions shape and sustain the identity of our school.
Governors and the Governing Body are accountable to a wide range of groups as well as the main stakeholders of the school including: Parents, pupils, staff and the LB of Barnet.
Governors are responsible and accountable for the use of finance, the character or the schools individual curriculum and organisation, the choice of some staff and the provision of information.