Did you know that there are around 350,000 school governors in England, making it one of the largest volunteer forces in the country? While the Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation and management of the school, governors provide strategic leadership and accountability.

Individual governors work together as a team known as ‘the Governing Body’, whose main aim is to maintain and improve the standards of achievement in the school. Governors provide both support and challenge to the school’s senior leadership team.

Now that Malmesbury Park has joined the Reach South Multi-Academy Trust, certain responsibilities sit with the Trust. However, the local (i.e. school-level) governing body maintains its close, direct relationship with the school.

The full governing body normally meets six times a year. There is also a smaller committee which focuses on the school’s curriculum and standards. Individual governors also take on specific roles. For example, there are governor champions for Maths, English, early years provision, safeguarding, special educational needs, statutory grants, finance, and health and safety.

Formal responsibilities of the governing body