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What Do Governors Do?

What do the governors do?


Governors work as a team, in the best interests of the children and the school, to raise educational standards. They have a strategic role supporting and challenging the headteacher.


More specifically, they:

  • Appoint the headteacher, who has day to day responsibility for everything that happens in a school and is accountable to them
  • Agree how the school’s money is allocated
  • Agree policies about the way the governing body and the school work
  • Ensure new initiatives and guidelines from the Department for Education and the education authority (Southwark) are put in place


The full governing body usually meets at least once a term.