In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, every state school has a Governing Body, consisting of specified numbers of various categories of governors depending on the type and size of school. All governors are unpaid for their work, though they may receive payment for expenses.


  • The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a “critical friend”,
  • Supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff.
  • The Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget.
  • Governors must appoint the headteacher, and may be involved in the appointment of other staff.
  • Monitoring the school’s progress, and in setting annual targets for the school’s performance.
  • Headteacher’s performance management
  • Ensuring that the Headteacher sets targets for other staff
  • Review legal changes and how best to address the challenges these may present

They can decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.

They also lead with support from the School Improvement Partner.

Governors must review school exclusions in certain circumstances, and have the power to reinstate an excluded pupil or reduce the term of the exclusion (although not to increase it).

Foundation schools, Voluntary Aided schools and Academies act as their own admissions authorities. In such schools the governing body sets the admissions policy, makes admissions decisions and defends admissions appeals.


Parent governors can either be elected by parents of children at the school, or if insufficient numbers are elected, can be appointed by the governing body to fill any remaining vacancies. Such appointees need not be parents of children currently attending the school – if no suitable candidates are found, they may be parents of former pupils, or of any child of school age. Parents so appointed can be removed from their positions by a majority vote of the governing body.



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