Ivel Valley School

Governing Body

Role & Responsibilities

Role of the Governing Body

Schools are required by law to have a governing body and the school’s Instrument of Government sets out the size and composition of that body.

The governing body works in partnership with the headteacher and the Local Authority and is responsible for the strategic direction and operation of the school.

The headteacher manages the school on a day-to-day basis and implements the policies laid down by the governing body in its strategic role.

A governing body is a corporate body and is responsible in law and practice for all major decisions about the school and its future. Governors act collectively and no single governor is required to make decisions alone, unless asked to do so by the governing body as a whole. Some duties and responsibilities are delegated to committees, working parties, individual governors, or to the headteacher.

Responsibilities of the Governing Body

The key purpose of a governing body is to help the school to provide the best possible education for its pupils. Governing bodies do this by:

Responsibilities of the Headteacher

In contrast, the headteacher is responsible for:

Powers and Duties of the Governing Body

The strategic working of governing bodies translates into some quite specific powers and duties, which include: