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Paulton Junior School Governing Body  2023-2024

Chair: Simon Memory   email –  
Vice Chair:  Kate Higgs  (SEND) (Safeguarding)
Grant Johnson
Hannah Rutt
Nick Hancock
Sally Rawlings (Acting Headteacher)
Joe Barge (Staff Governor)

What is the role of a governor?

In the United Kingdom, school governors play a crucial role in the governance and strategic direction of schools. The role of a school governor is voluntary, and governors are appointed to provide oversight and contribute to the effective management of the school. Some key responsibilities of school governors in the UK include:

  1. Strategic Leadership and Vision: Governors work with the school's leadership team to set the overall strategic direction and vision for the school. They contribute to the development and review of the school's policies and objectives.
  2. Accountability: Governors are accountable for the performance of the school. They monitor and evaluate the school's progress towards its goals and hold the headteacher and senior leadership team accountable for the school's performance.
  3. Financial Management: Governors are responsible for overseeing the school's finances, ensuring that the budget is well managed and resources are used effectively. They may be involved in making decisions about staffing, premises, and other financial matters.
  4. Policy Development: Governors are involved in the development, review, and implementation of school policies. They ensure that policies align with legal requirements and contribute to the overall well-being and success of the school.
  5. Appointment and Performance Management: Governors participate in the appointment of the headteacher and senior staff. They also play a role in the performance management of staff, providing support and constructive challenge.
  6. Community Engagement: Governors act as a link between the school, parents, and the wider community. They may gather feedback, address concerns, and promote the school within the community.
  7. Compliance with Legal and Regulatory Requirements: Governors ensure that the school operates in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. They stay informed about changes in education policy and legislation.
  8. Special Responsibilities: Some governors may have specific responsibilities, such as overseeing special educational needs (SEN) provision, health and safety, or safeguarding.

Overall, the role of a school governor is to provide strategic leadership, support the school's improvement, and ensure that the school provides a high-quality education in a safe and inclusive environment. Governors work collaboratively with the school's leadership team, staff, parents, and the wider community to enhance the overall effectiveness of the school.

Why become a school governor?

Become a governor because you fundamentally care about the community and the children that are coming up into our future. Solutions can't happen in isolation. They have to happen with everyone taking responsibility, with the head and the governors from different backgrounds working together. 

How do I become a governor?

Simply contact the school office, and they will provide you with all the information you need to apply.