Who are Governors?

School governors are people like you or me. No previous knowledge is required but an interest in education and a desire to improve the education of our young people is essential. There are three types of governors at Balcarras: Parent, Staff and Appointed. The first two are self explanatory: all parents of children at the school and all staff who work at Balcarras are eligible to stand when there are vacancies for parent and staff Governors respectively. People who have an interest in the school and education in general can be appointed by the Governors to be an Appointed Governor. There are a total of 20 Governors at Balcarras.

What do School Governors do?

Governors play a very important role in the success of a school. They are responsible for the overall management of the school and for determining its policies and strategic direction. The Governors act as a critical friend to the School and are accountable for their decisions. The Headteacher manages the school on a day-to-day basis and is the Governors’ main professional adviser on the Governing body.

At Balcarras, the Governors are involved in setting the future direction of the school and as such sit on one or more key committees: Community (looks after legal requirements), Finance and Curriculum.

Governors also help develop the three year School Development Plan and monitor and advise on its delivery via these three committees and via links to subject departments – among other ways. At Balcarras, all governors are also members of the Academy Trust.

Being a Governor

We want our governors to be representative of the school community as fully as possible. Most of us are parents and staff for that reason, but we also need to ensure a good range of expertise so that we operate effectively – Appointed governors are usually selected on this basis.

We occasionally have vacancies on the governing body: parents and staff will be asked to apply directly when these occur, but if you have a particular skill which you think would be useful to the governing body and would like to be considered in the event of any Appointed governor vacancies arising, please get in touch. If you have any questions about Balcarras governors, I’m always happy to help.

Howard Kellett
Chair of Governors