The Russell School

Roles and Responsibilities 

All schools have a governing body whose job it is to work with the head teacher and the Local Authority (LA), to ensure that the pupils receive the best possible education at that establishment.

Every governing board has three primary roles:

  • To provide a strategic view of where the school is heading;
  • To act as a critical friend by providing support and advice to the school;
  • To hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and the quality of the education it provides.

To fulfil these roles governors are appointed and elected to provide:

  • Strong links between the school and the community it serves;
  • A wide experience of the outside world;
  • An independent view;
  • A visible form of accountability for the headteacher and staff of the school;
  • A team focusing on long term development and improvement;
  • Accountability to the community for the use of resources and the standards of teaching and learning in the school;
  • Support for the head teacher and staff.

Qualifications needed to become a governor:

There are no formal qualifications required to become a school governor however all governors need to be able to offer the following skills and qualities:

  • Time & commitment (see governors’ workload below);
  • A willingness to learn;
  • A listening ear;
  • The ability to assimilate information, make judgements and take decisions;
  • Flexibility & tact;
  • The ability to work as part of a team;
  • The ability to express views openly within meetings.