Who are the school governors?
School governors are there to ensure that schools are well run. They are volunteers who help decide on the direction, focus and ethos of schools. Each school has between 10 and 20 governors depending on the size of the school. These together form the ‘governing body’.
Governors represent people from many walks of life: school staff, parents, the local community and members of St Peter’s Church. As we are a voluntary controlled school these governors are known as “Foundation Governors” because the church helped to set up the school. This means that school decisions are made by people with a wide range of experience and views.
What do school governors do?
School governors lead schools, they do not manage them or get involved in the day to day running of the school. They are there to give a long-term strategic direction to how the school is run; to be critical friends to the school; and to ensure the school is accountable for its actions.
Governors discuss and have input on issues such as:
- School policies, including discipline, dress, sport, bullying and homework etc
- Long term plans and the future of the school
- How the school budget will be spent
- How the school will try to reach performance targets
- Complaints from pupils, staff and parents
- Repair and maintenance of school buildings
- Use of school premises outside school hours.
Who can become a school governor?
Anyone can apply to become a governor, so long as they are:
- Aged over 18
- Not a current pupil at the school
- Have not been declared bankrupt
- not the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order
- Have not been disqualified from holding office as a governor
- Have not been disqualified from being a company director and/or a charity trustee
- Have not been removed as a trustee for a charity by an order made by the Charity Commission or the High Court on the grounds of misconduct or mismanagement in administration of the charity
- Have not been convicted of a criminal offence (excluding any spent convictions, or any offences for which the maximum sentence was a fine)
- Agree to provide a criminal records certificate at an enhanced disclosure level
- Toni Norman - Chair
- Julie Barke
- Rev Jon Aldwinckle
- Carole Rose
- Darren Smith
Contacting the school governors?
If you wish to contact the governors then please do so in writing by addressing your correspondence to:
The Chair of Governors, St Peter’s C E Academy, Mountbatten Way, Raunds, Northamptonshire, NN9 6PA