The Governors of Winchelsea School are an essential part of the team caring for and educating each child. The Governors set the school’s vision, strategic aims and monitoring processes. They evaluate performance – acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher and making sure the school is accountable to everyone it serves.

The Role of School Governors
The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

What do School Governors do?

Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools as well as appointing the head teacher and deputy headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

The video below was produced by ITN for the NGA. It shows the impact that a strong governing board can have on young people’s education, and how governors use skills from other areas of their life to help their school. It features the governing body of the Federation of Gislingham and Palgrave, who were joint winners of the NGA Oustanding Governing Board Awards in 2013. The NGA is committed to helping all governing boards be just as effective.

Who can be a School Governor?
Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. There are different types of school with different categories of governor.

There are also different categories of governor:
– parent
– staff
– foundation
– partnership
– local authority
– co-opted

The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing board.

Governing Body Structure and Role

Governors Information

Register of Business Interest

Governor Vacancies and Elections
Winchelsea School currently has vacancies for a Parent Governor and a Co-Opted Governor.

Please contact Pat Rushton, Clerk to the Governing Body at school if you are interested in becoming a Governor.

Find Out More
You can read more about the role of a School Governor and what is involved on the website of the National Governor’s Association here.