Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful
Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful

The Governing Bodies Role


What is the role of the governing body?


The Governing Body acts collectivly as a group. They have a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the School. The Governance role is strategic and the governing body concentrate on matters related to strategy and school improvement. Operational tasks such as drafting policies, making judgements about the quality of teaching and recruiting and deploying staff are delegated to the school leaders. The agenda of governing bodies is driven by their strategic planning cycle.


The governing body has three core functions:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction


  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff


• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.


The first function is strategic.

The governing body is responsible for the strategic management of the school. The governing body decides what they want the school to achieve, they do this by agreeing a framework with targets, and agreeing policies, in consultation with the head teacher. The governing body then monitors and evaluates the implementation and effectiveness of the framework and policies.


The second is challenge.

It is important that governors ask relevant but probing questions. They examine the performance of the children in the school, and give praise where it is good and seek ways of making improvements when expectations are not achieved.


Thirdly, governors must ensure accountability.

For example, if a task is delegated to a committee, the terms of reference for the group must be clearly set. Governors must evaluate themselves and the actions they take.

The governing body decide:
• the aims and policies of the school
• how the standards of education can be improved
• how the school should be run in general terms

• work with the Headteacher and SLT to draw up the School Development Plan
  • ensure  that children are being taught in line with the National Curriculum and monitor the National Curriculum assessment and examination results.
• make sure proper procedures are in place for appointing, promoting, supporting and disciplining staff
• oversee the way the school is managed


Related Pages in the Governors Section:      



Meet our Governors


Meetings and Minutes 





DfE's vision for effective Governance


Code of Practice for Governors


Declarations and Attendance



Governor Vacancies 


How to contact Governors


Governor FAQ's