School and academy governors in England form one of the largest volunteer groups in the country and as part of a governing board they complement and enhance school leadership by providing support and challenge, ensure all statutory duties are met, appoint the head teacher and hold the school to account for the impact of its work on improving outcomes for all pupils.



Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
Headteachers are recruited and selected by governors – and most Headteachers choose to be governors themselves.

Governing boards are accountable to parents, the local community and the Local Authority or the Trustees. Appointments are for three or usually for four years. The governing body’s main role is to help raise pupils’ standards of achievement.

The Governing Body:

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It’s important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school in the community. Governors support and challenge Headteachers by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what’s best for the school. They are not there to rubber-stamp decisions. They have to be prepared to give and take advice and must be loyal to decisions taken by the governing board as a whole. As long as they act within the law and take appropriate advice, governors are protected from any financial liability for the decisions they take.


Becoming A Governor

School Governors play a vital part in the success of our schools they ensure our children get the best from their time in school. Being a school governor is demanding but rewarding.  Schools are keen to attract people in the community to become governors; people who can bring energy and experience and can contribute to the strategic leadership of a school.

Governors need to have time to dedicate to their role, to be prepared to make challenging decisions, act with the very best of intentions and confidentially at all times, and to make sure their decisions are followed up.  Governors work as a team and play an important role in making sure the school provides a good quality of education. An enhanced and rewarding training programme is available for governors in Bromley.

Every school must have a governing body. The membership will vary according to the type of school. Each governing body may consist of any of the following roles:

Please contact us if you would like more information about becoming a governor.