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School Governors

What do School Governors do?

School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.

Governors appoint the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. In some schools the site is owned by the governing board. It is Governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is Governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board

Interested in becoming a School Governor? 

If you'd like to express an interest in becoming a School Governor in South Tyneside, please let us know.

Fill in the online form below and we'll contact you with more information.

Apply to be a School Governor

Support, training and resources

Our Governor Support Service aims to provide a high quality professional service for your governing board, assisting with your roles in strategic management, raising attainment, accountability and acting as a critical friend.

We offer: 

  • A professional clerking service used by most South Tyneside schools, as well as schools outside of the Borough
  • Free support for Governors and governing boards
  • Training for School Governors
  • Resources

Support, training and resources

Ofsted is changing how it inspects schools

For information about the changes, go to:

GOV.UK: Ofsted is changing how it inspects schools (August 2019)


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