Why do schools have Governors?
The Governing Body of a school is responsible and accountable for all the major decisions about the school and its future. We have a legal responsibility to make sure the school promotes high standards of educational achievement. We are responsible for appointing and reviewing the performance of the Headteacher and are usually involved in other staff appointments.
What do the Governors do?
Together with the Headteacher, Governors set the future direction for the school, decide how the school’s budget should be spent, and monitor and evaluate the school’s performance. In doing this we make decisions on things like performance targets, policies, staffing, and the school’s improvement plan. We provide the Headteacher with support and advice, drawing on our knowledge and experience from outside school. We ask searching questions whilst respecting his position as professional leader of the school – this is often compared to acting as a ‘critical friend’.
Who can be a Governor?
Anyone over 18 with an interest in education can be a Governor. Our Governing Body is drawn from the school’s community and includes parents, school staff, and representatives of the community.
Who are our Governors?
An up-to-date list is maintained here.
How often do Governors meet?
There is a full Governors meeting throughout the year and various committees such as finance and the ongoing development committee (ODC) meet separately to look at specific issues (eg curriculum, finance, staffing, etc.) The minutes of meetings are available from the school office. We also visit school during the working day to meet with the Headteacher and other members of the Leadership Team, spend time in classrooms and talk to the staff and students.
Are Governors paid?
No! All our work is voluntary. Across England there are around 350,000 Governors, making us the largest volunteer workforce in the country.
How do you contact Governors?
School reception will pass on a message and letters, or can give you contact details. It is also possible to speak to Governors at parents’ evenings.
When should you contact Governors rather than the Headteacher?
Whilst we are always happy to hear from and talk with parents, the Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, so initially most queries and specific issues should be addressed to the Headteacher . Because we have a specific responsibility for reviewing complaints and exclusions, it is sometimes important that we don’t get involved in the first instance. For example, if you had concerns about a specific behaviour incident at the school then you should discuss it first with your child’s form tutor. If that failed to resolve the issue, or you were concerned about the general approach to behaviour management, then that would need to be discussed by the Governors and you should contact us.
In most cases, the way we want the school to operate is set out in various policies (such as the behaviour policy, homework policy, complaints policy etc) which we review on an annual or bi-annual basis. The current policies are always available in the College office and are also on this website. If you don’t think a policy is being followed, or that it is unclear, or even simply that it is wrong, then that should be brought to our attention.
If in doubt, then please feel free to contact either the Governors or the Headteacher and if necessary we will point you in the right direction.
The Governors and staff are all committed to making Queen Elizabeth High school the best possible learning and development environment for all students and are always happy to answer any additional questions you may have.