About the Governing Body

The Purpose of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The Governing Body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with an excellent education and supports their well-being.

The Governing Body:

  • Sets the strategic direction of the school by
    • Setting the values, aims and objectives for the school
    • Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
    • Setting targets
    • Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staff structure
  • Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating
    • The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
    • Progress towards targets
    • The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
    • The budget and staffing structure
  • Conducts self –evaluation
  • Ensures accountability by
    • Responding to third party reports on the school’s performance
    • Holding the Headteacher to account for the performance of the school
    • Ensuring parents and students are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
    • Making available information to the community
  • Appoints and performance manages the Headteacher, who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the Governing Body.

The Governing Body works very closely with the Headteacher and takes a full and active role in the school. The Governing Body meets at least four times a year. In order to function effectively and efficiently, a substantial part of its work is delegated to the following sub committees:

  • Finance, Risk and Audit
  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Teaching, Learning & Student Progress
  • Human Resources

Each committee meets at least once a term.

The term of office for all governors is four years. The Governing Body is currently composed of 12 governors, as listed below:

  • two Community Governors
  • three Co-opted Governors
  • five Parent Governors
  • one Staff Governor
  • one Ex-Officio

Being a Governor is a very interesting and rewarding role. It allows you to find out and keep up to date with what your child is doing in school. However, it is not an easy role and it means giving time, energy, expertise and commitment. It is a voluntary position and it is much valued within the education system.

How do I become a school governor?

If you have an interest in education and the future of our young people, then volunteering as a governor is a fantastic way to make a huge contribution to our school.  In addition to helping drive educational progress and attainment, you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance your own skills which will also benefit you in both your personal and professional life.

You can become a school governor by:

  • being elected by parents as a parent governor, if your child attends the school
  • being elected by the teaching or non-teaching staff, if you are a member of the teaching or non-teaching staff
  • or by being co-opted (appointed) by the governing body.

Schools organise elections and tell parents/carers and staff about them, but you can always ask us whether there are vacancies on the governing body.

There is more information and current governance information on the Finance and Legal page of the website.

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors, please do so by writing to Mrs Louise Barrett – Chair of Governors, c/o Beverley Grammar School, Queensgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 8NF. Please ensure that you mark the envelope ‘Private & Confidential‘.

Find out more about the Governors on the Meet the Governors page.

Governor Documentation