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What is the role of the Governors?

Governors are appointed to help:

  • Set the aims, policies and strategic direction
  • Ensure implementation of the curriculum
  • Set and monitor targets for achievement
  • Set standards of behaviour
  • Interview for new staff
  • Monitor how school budget is spent

School Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They can only act together, they cannot act as individuals.  For more detail on the role of school governors, please see the attached booklet provided by the National Governance Association.

Parent Governors

  1. Have a child at the school at the time of election
  2. Are elected by parents of the school
  3. Serve, as do other Governors, for four years (this is known as a "term")

Why are parents on the governing body?

Parent Governors bring the view of parents to the Governing Body, but they speak and act as individuals. They should not be thought of as delegates or ‘mouth pieces’ of the parents, they do not vote for all parents in general. They have equal status and voting rights in the work of the Governing Body.

How can I become a governor?

Please contact our Chair of Governors to discuss any vacancies the governing body may have, or see out "Governor Vacancies".

How to I contact the governing body?

Please email chair@west-ashtead.surrey.sch.uk  to contact the governing body.