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The Role of Governors

What do the Governors do? 

All schools in England have a Governing Body, which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. Governors give their time voluntarily and are committed to the success of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, and ultimately to represent the school community.


The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governors are involved with particular areas including staffing, curriculum, school buildings and school finances. It ensures that the school functions well and maintains the correct range of academic and social objectives.


The Governing Body is answerable to both parents and the local community. We aim to have the necessary skills, time and commitment, and sufficient diversity of perspectives to ensure internal challenge with clearly defined roles and responsibilities, an effective chair and active succession planning.


We meet 6 times a year (twice each term) to report on and discuss all key aspects of the school.


Our Governing Body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:


1.Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

We are responsible for:

  • developing and supporting the vision for the school
  • developing the school’s aims and values
  • upholding the Christian ethos of the school
  • planning so that all pupils can achieve the very best that they can
  • ensuring the school's long-term future
  • appointing senior staff, including the Headteacher, and approving the number of staff to be employed


2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, as well as the performance management of staff

We are responsible for ensuring school improvement by:

  • being a 'critical friend'
  • making sure that the curriculum is broad and balanced
  • promoting high standards of education and achievement
  • visiting the school and reporting thereon
  • providing robust constructive challenge on the basis of a good understanding of objective data particularly on pupil results and progress, and staff performance
  • monitoring, evaluating and reporting on pupil results and progress


3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it's money is well spent.

We have a duty to:

  • ensure that effective processes exist for financial and business planning and oversight and that effective controls are in place for compliance, propriety and value for money
  • set the annual budget and three year forecast and monitor the finances of the school on a termly basis or as needed. Make sure school finances are linked to the School Improvement Plan
  • benchmark the schools finances against other similar schools to ensure value for money
  • promote reciprocal accountability between school leaders and governors


If you would like to contact the Governing Body, please address your letter to the Chair of Governors, c/o Hever Primary School, Hever, Kent, TN8 7NH     


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If you wish to see the Terms of Reference of the Governing Body, click on the document below