High Street, Kimpton, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 8RB

01438 832394

Kimpton Primary School

Achieving today; ready for tomorrow.

What we do

Role of a school governor:

To contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children in the school by:

  • setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

As part of the governing body team, a governor is expected to:

  1. Contribute to the strategic discussions at governing body meetings, which determine:
    • the vision and ethos of the school;
    • clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the school;
    • that all children, including those with special educational needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum;
    • the school's budget, including the expenditure of the pupil premium allocation;
    • the school's staffing structure and key staffing policies;
    • the principles to be used bu school leaders to set other school policies.
  2. Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school's performance: 
    • agreeing the outcomes from the school's self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the school development plan;
    • considering all relevant data and feedback provided on request by school leaders and external sources on all aspects of school performance;
    • asking challenging questions of school leaders;
    • ensuring senior leaders have arranged for the required audits to be carried out and receiving the results of those audits;
    • ensuring senior leaders have developed the required policies and procedures and that the school is operating effectively according to those policies and procedures;
    • acting as a link governor on a specific issue, making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, and reporting to the governing body on the progress on the relevant school priority;
    • listening to and reporting to the school's stakeholders: pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community (including local employers).  
  3. Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well:
    • including the necessary expertise on business management, external advice where necessary, effective appraisal and CPD (Continuing Personal Development) and suitable premises
    • ensuring that the way in which those resources are used (and support given) has impact  
  4. Serve on panels and committees of governors to:
    • appoint the headteacher and other senior leaders;
    • appraise the headteacher;
    • set the headteacher's pay and agree the pay recommendations for other staff;
    • hear the second stage of staff grievances and disciplinary matters;
    • hear appeals about pupil exclusions.