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Governor Job Description & Code of Conduct

St.Peter’s CE Primary & Nursery School


The purpose of a Governor is to contribute to the work of the Governing Body in providing a high quality education and improving outcomes for all children at the school.


This involves providing a strategic view for the school, acting as a challenging friend and ensuring accountability. 


Governors are there to represent the best interests of the school and all its children.


A Governor has many responsibilities and they include:-


  • Develop the Strategic Plan for the school

  • Determine the vision, aims, policies and priorities of the school.

  • Set targets.

  • Monitor and evaluate the work of the school through the SEF Framework and as link governors.

  • Appoint staff.

  • Set and monitor the budget

  • Ensure that all children in the school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is suitable to age, aptitude and ability and which nurtures the whole child and encourages respect for others

  • Ensure the Health and Safety of children and staff

  • Maintain and improve the school environment

  • Measuring the impact of the Governing Body’s work


    There are several tasks for Governors to undertake and they include:-


  • Get to know the school, its needs, strengths and areas for development

  • Attend meetings (Full Governing Body Committees and Working Groups)

  • Work as a member of a team

  • Commit to training and development opportunities

  • Act within the framework of the policies of the Governing Body and legal requirements

  • Speak, act and vote in the best interests of the school

  • Understand its targets and performance

  • Awareness of the OFSTED Framework

  • Act as a link governor

  • Respect all Governing Body decisions and support them in public


    Person Specification


    Governors have a variety of skills and knowledge but there are a number of essential qualities required of any Governor and they include:-


  • An interest in the education of all children

  • Committed to the vision and values of the school

  • Sound communication skills in listening, speaking and writing

  • Assimilation skills to help absorb and make use of wide ranges of information and data

  • The capacity to develop specific knowledge and understanding of the school and its community

  • A sense of fairness

  • A commitment to equalities

  • A commitment to securing the best educational outcomes for all children

  • Tact and diplomacy

  • An ability to work as a member of a team

  • An ability to respect confidentiality

  • A willing constructive work ethic with a team of Governors who have some or all of these qualities

  • A commitment to participate in training and self-evaluation


    The points below summarise what is expected of each Governor as a minimum requirement:-


  • Attend Full Governing Body meetings (usually 4 a year) and read Agendas, Papers and Minutes

  • Become members of Committees which meet at least once a term or as necessary and attend meetings

  • Attend training sessions as appropriate and a commitment to personal development

  • Be a challenging friend ready to offer constructive criticism and support the school community

  • To act as a link governor

  • Be prepared to visit the school at least once a year within the working day

  • Be prepared to consider working towards becoming Chair of the Governing Body or a Committee Chair



    Code of Conduct


    By which we expect our Governors to abide during their term of office:-


    I agree to abide by the following key principles:-


  • To act with integrity, objectivity and honesty in the best interests of the school
  • To work as a member of a team – the Governing Body – at all times and be loyal to collective decisions made by the Governing Body

  • To recognise that all Governors have the same rights and responsibilities unless particular responsibilities are conferred on them by the Full Governing Body


I know I am expected to:-


  • Attend meetings promptly, regularly and for the full time
  • Prepare for meetings by reading papers beforehand
  • Listen to and respect the views of others
  • Express my own views clearly and succinctly
  • Take my fair share of work/positions of responsibility
  • Attend training and take responsibility for my own learning and development as a Governor
  • Know, understand and work within legal requirements


I will:-


  • Respect confidentiality
  • Support decisions of the Governing Body and public
  • Report any evidence of fraud, corruption or misconduct to an appropriate person or authority
  • Consent to a confidential criminal record check to ensure that I am not disqualified to be a Governor and to meet child protection arrangements





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