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What is a Governor?

Governors are volunteers and can be described as ‘critical friends’ of the school. They are involved in overseeing every aspect of school life, including the success of the school organisation, budget and staffing. They work with the Headteacher to lead and manage the school.

The Governing Body’s responsibility is to ensure the school provides a good quality education for its pupils. When setting the aims and policies for the school, Governors endeavour to promote an effective teaching and learning environment. The Head is responsible for the day-to-day running and management of the school with the staff, but is supported by the Governing Body.

At The Mead, there are four types of Governors:

Local Authority Governors – these are appointed by the Local Education Authority;

Co-opted Governors – these are Governors who are elected by other members of the Governing Body and have skills which are of particular interest;

Parent Governors – elected by parents of children attending The Mead;

Staff Governors – elected by the staff and include teachers, support staff and our head.

The role of the Governing Body at The Mead is to be accountable for the school’s performance to the parents and the wider community. With the Head, the Governing Body plans the school’s short and long term aims and objectives. It makes high level decisions on the school’s budget and staffing. It is responsible for ensuring the school sticks to the requirements of the National Curriculum and looks after pupil’s spiritual, moral and social development. The Governors have a commitment to provide for all pupils, including those with special needs.

As well as the Full Governing Body, Governors are also members of committees which undertake more specific roles and work. The Mead has two committees which are:

  • Resources
  • Children and Learning