What do governors do?


School governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They have the passion, knowledge and skills to play an important part in raising school standards, and are key to the effectiveness of the school.

Governors are members of the school’s governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. They provide strategic leadership and accountability in the school. They appoint the headteacher and deputy headteachers[CE1] , hold the main responsibility for the school’s finances and support the head over tough decisions about balancing resources.

The role of the governing board is strategic, its key functions include:

  • setting the:

    • aims and objectives for the school

    • policies for achieving those aims and objectives

    • targets for achieving those aims and objectives

  • monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress towards achieving its aims and objectives
  • being a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

It is not the role of the school governors to air individual opinions or grievances of parents – the school has protocols in place for this. However, governors will have a good understanding of how the school’s performance is perceived by parents more generally. 

All Parkroyal governors sign up to the governors’ charter.