Hull City Council
You are here: Home > Education and learning > Teachers, governors and staff > Governors > ...

The roles and responsibilities of a school, trust and academy governor

Governing bodies

We have governing bodies to help schools provide the best possible education for their pupils by -

  • thinking and working strategically to help to raise standards
  • monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets
  • supporting the headteacher / principle and staff as well as challenging their expectations
  • accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made

The role of the governing body

There are three main roles of the governing body -

  • to take a largely strategic role in the running of the school
  • to act as a critical friend to the school
  • to ensure accountability of the governing body to key stakeholders (pupils, parents, staff, the Local Authority and OfSTED) and of the headteacher / principle to the governing body

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The key strategic functions of the governing body are -

  • setting aims and objectives for the school
  • adopting policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitoring and evaluation of the progress the school is making towards the achievement of its aims and objectives
  • to challenge and support the headteacher / principle in the role of critical friend

In the role of 'critical friend', the governing body should offer support and constructive advice, but governors should not be deterred from questioning proposals and seeking further information to enable them to make sound decisions.

The role of the headteacher or principal

The headteacher or principal is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body. Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day to day management of the school. In a well managed school, the headteacher or principal and governing body work in close partnership.

A headteacher or principal should discuss all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and will expect the governing body to both challenge and support the school. The headteacher or principal should give the governing body enough information to enable it to feel confident that both it and the headteacher / principal are fulfilling their statutory responsibilities.

Contact us

Governors' Team
Children, Young People and Family Services
3rd Floor
Treasury Building
Guildhall Road

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349

Go back a pageBack  Go to top of pageTop  Print this pagePrint


The display of third party advertising on this site is not an endorsement or recommendation of any advertiser’s goods or services. The council accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the advertisements nor the quality of the goods or services supplied.


Find my nearest...

Please enter your postcode

City of Culture logo
Visit the City of Culture 2017 website (link opens in a new window)

Hull City Council, Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AA

Sign up for council news and updates Subscribe to our RSS feedFind out about our Twitter profilesFind out about our Facebook pagesOur Flickr channelsYouTube channels

All Information © Hull City Council  2017