School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteachers. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
The purpose of a governor is to contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children in the school.
The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.