Local Governing Body

Types of Governors

Parent Governors

Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school. A parent includes a person with parental responsibility, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election. Parent Governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.

Governing bodies may only appoint as a parent governor a parent who has, in their opinion, the skills to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school.

The Headteacher

The Headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office. The Headteacher may at any time resign as a Governor, and withdraw their resignation, in both cases by notifying the clerk in writing.

Foundation Governors

Foundation Governors are either appointed or take the role by virtue of an office that they hold. Where appointed, the appointment is made by the person identified in the instrument of government (usually the school’s founding body, church or an organisation other than a Local Authority). A foundation Governor is someone who, in the opinion of the person entitled to appoint them, has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school, and would be capable of achieving the purpose for which he/she is appointed .

Co-opted Governors

Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing body.  They are people who in the opinion of the Governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

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