Every school in the UK is run by a board of governors – the Governing Body. The Governing Body is responsible for providing a strategic view of issues that affect the school, for monitoring and reviewing standards and progress, and ensuring accountability and best use of resources. This involves both supporting and challenging the school as a “critical friend.”
Governors are elected by parents of children who attend the school, appointed by the local education authority (in our case, Haringey Council) or invited to join (co-opted) by other governors. Governors are involved in every aspect of school life, from playtime to OFSTED inspections and take on specific roles according to their experience and interests.