Becoming A Governor

All schools are required to have a Governing Body (GB). School governors work together with the Head teacher and Senior Leadership Team in agreeing the aims and policies of the school, ensuring that the pupils have a full entitlement to the agreed curriculum and managing the school within its allocated budget. An effective Governing Body needs a good breadth of skills and experience to support the school community and discharge its statutory duties.

The Governing Body undertakes a wide range of responsibilities for the benefit of our children, parents/carers and staff. The governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions and has to support, to challenge, to ask questions, and ultimately represent the school community:

  • Ensuring that the school has clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction that is supported by the whole school and enacted through clear plans and goals. The governors work with staff to ensure that the school has the resources it needs and that these are used appropriately to achieve the agreed plans.
  • Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff. This involves monitoring and evaluating how the school is progressing towards its aims. As the ‘critical friend’ governors need to ask challenging questions if necessary, but also to celebrate the many successes of the school.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school to ensure that spending remains in budget and that all funds are spent wisely to best meet the needs of the pupils.
To find out more about the role of the governors, and who we are, please visit the school website. You will find a short pen portrait for each member of the Governing Body.
 
To find out more about what governors do, click the link below:
The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. We currently have vacancies for co-opted* and parent governors** and if you are interested in volunteering to be a governor, please contact: Mrs Annie Irvine, Clerk to the Governors through the school office (01985 213446) or email:

admin@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk.

* Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills or experience required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

** Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.