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What do governors do?

What do governors do?

Being a governor is an important volunteer role. The government and Ofsted have put greater emphasis on governance over recent years, with three core functions:

  • · Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • · Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • · Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.


To do this, we have six full governing body meetings each year, as well as committee meetings each term. We review educational performance in our full governing body meetings. All governors are also invited to join the headteacher and chair of governors when they meet each half term to look in detail at data and other information about teaching and learning. At Sandlings, we have committees that focus on resources (finance and personnel) and on health and safety. We’re also involved in hearings and appeals, if this is occasionally needed.


Governors also carry out monitoring visits to see what’s happening in school and to talk with children, teachers and parents. Seeing the children at work and hearing them talk about their learning is one of the real pleasures of the governors’ role. All governors are DBS checked and, with school staff, we take our safeguarding role very seriously.

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