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Being a governor at Ford

The Role of the School Governor


The role of the governor in school is crucial in both supporting and challenging the Headteacher and leadership team.  The best way to describe this would be ~ “A supportive yet critical friend”.


School governors are volunteers.  They work together as a governing body to collectively oversee the development of their school.


Governors can be parents, grandparents, friends of the school and people nominated by the Local Authority.


Parent governors are usually recruited through a ballot.


At Ford Primary School we have two committees:

The Curriculum and Standards committee(C+S) – they oversee what is taught, how it is taught and the achievements of the children.

The Finance, Personnel and Premises committee(FPP) – they oversee the budget and how it is spent; the staff who work at the school and the school buildings and grounds.


They form our governing body.  They work together as a team to make important decisions on how our school will be run and have to stand by their collective decision. Governors do not make decisions individually.


Why do we need school governors?

Governors help schools provide the best possible education, thinking and working strategically to raise standards.  They also monitor and evaluate progress, setting school priorities and targets and supporting the Headteacher and staff in meeting and challenging expectations.


What does it entail?

You would be expected to attend at least 2 meetings each half term: usually on a Tuesday from 5.30pm – 7.00pm as well as making visits to the school in order to speak to the children and staff, support school events and learn more about the way the school works.


Our Clerk to Governors is Tanya Templeton who can be contacted through the school office on: 01752 567661 or at t.templeton@ford.plymouth.sch.uk