Headteacher: Mrs Lois Haydon

Phone: 01454 866525

Email: thetynings@sgmail.org.uk

Eastleigh Close, Staple Hill, Bristol, South Gloucestershire BS16 4SG



School Governing is a job – it just isn’t paid! It is perhaps even more important for voluntary jobs than for paid ones to be clear about the parameters, expectations and limitations. It is important that the job description allows Governors varying types of commitment – there are many different ways of being a successful governor.

Responsible to: –

Chair of Governors (CoG)


Governors are expected to:

  • Attend meetings
  • Visit the School
  • Serve on a committee
  • Be attached to an area of the school’s work as a Link Governor
  • Participate in executive decisions of the Governing Body
  • Undertake training and development
  • Work within an agreed code of conduct
  • Represent the school within the local community
  • Represent the local community on the Governing Body
  • Maintain confidentiality as required

Purpose of the School Governor

To contribute to the work of the governing body in raising standards of achievement for all pupils. This involves providing a strategic view for the school, provide challenge and support (acting as a critical friend) and ensuring accountability. Governors do not need to have formal qualifications and need to be aged 18 years and above.

The individual governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the

Governing body, to the staff and pupils of the school and the school’s wider community, including Parents and Carers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing the strategic plan for the school
  • Determining aims, policies and priorities of the school.
  • Setting statutory and non statutory targets
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school
  • Appointment of Senior staff and ensuring the implementation of a range of personnel procedures
  • Strategic management of the School budget
  • Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour
  • Ensuring that all children in the school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is suitable to age, aptitude and ability, which prepares them for adult life.
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff

Tasks include:

  • Getting to know the school; its needs; its strengths and areas for development.
  • Attending meetings (full governing body, sub-committees and working groups).
  • Working as a member of a team.
  • Speaking, acting and voting in the best interests of the school
  • Respecting all governing body decisions and to support them in public.
  • Acting within the framework of the policies of the governing body and legal requirements.
  • to commit to training and development opportunities

Person Specification

  Essential Desirable
  • An interest in the education of children.
  •  High level of literacy skills/expertise
  • Sound communication skills both in listening and expression
  • Sound judgement and the capacity to make objective decisions
  • Assimilation skills to help absorb and make use of wide ranges of information and data
  • Specific skills to strengthen the skill base of the governing body, e.g. human resources (HR), legal, building projects oversight or development and child protection, looked after children (LAC) and special educational needs (SEN).
  • The capacity to develop specific knowledge and understanding of the school and its community
Personal Qualities
  • Fairness
  • A commitment to equal opportunities
  • A commitment to securing the best educational outcomes for young people
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • The ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to respect confidentiality
  • A willingness to work constructively with a team of governors who have some or all of these qualities
  • A willingness to learn and develop as a governor through training and self-evaluation