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Halam C of E Primary School

Life in all its Fullness

Governor's Statement

Halam C of E School Governing body

You may have seen Governors in the playground, around school or at events; but who are they and what do they do? This notice has been designed to introduce the Governors to parents, explain what they do for the school and to outline the aims, duties and responsibilities of The Governing Body.

What do Governors do?

School governors are a team of people who work closely with the head teacher to make decisions vital to the successful running of the school. The governors appoint the head teacher and make decisions that directly affect the education and well-being of the children. They play an important role in improving standards throughout the school and agree the school’s budget.

The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the head teacher and the staff. Rather than manage, governors are there to help shape the school’s future direction and focus.

Governors work as a team. Individual governors have no power or responsibility. It is only the full governing body which has legal duties and powers and all governors share the corporate responsibility.

Governors are at the heart of how the school operates. How they do their job affects the interest of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community. Governors are responsible for how the school is performing. They have to be prepared to support and challenge the head teacher by asking questions and deciding what is best for the pupils.

The task can be divided into two main roles-providing a strategic overview and acting as a critical friend.

              The strategic role

  • Helps to set standards and targets for performance of the school
  • Has an overview of the curriculum
  • Helps to set policies for itself and the school
  • Selects the head teacher
  • Makes decisions about the school’s budget and staffing
  • Delivers effective planning, including post-inspection duties
  • Makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs
  • Decides how the school can encourage pupil’s spiritual, moral and cultural development.


The critical friend

  • The governing body has a good working relationship and regular meetings with the head teacher
  • It can therefore monitor how well the school is doing , and how well policies and plans are implemented
  • They get to know the school well, and have clear lines of responsibility between it, the head teacher and the various school committees.


Good communication and information is vital to the on-going development and improvement of the school. If you have something you wish to bring to the Governor’s attention, there are several ways you can get in touch:


  • In person. Please feel free to speak to parent governors in the playground. They are Graham Basten and John Whitaker.
  • By email to the chair of governors


  • By completing the comment form in the foyer and posting it into the “Governors Box”