The Role of the Governing Body

At Northowram we have a good governing body who are very proactive. The governing body in school are to carry out their functions with the aim of taking a largely strategic role in the running of the school and it’s improvement. This includes setting up a strategic framework for the school, setting its aims and objectives, setting policies and targets for achieving the objectives, reviewing progress and reviewing the strategic framework in light of progress. The governing body should act as a “critical friend” to the headteacher by providing advice and support as well as challenge.

Types of Governors are:

Parent Governor

How are they appointed? Parent governors are elected by parents of the children in the school.

LEA Governor

How are they appointed? LEA governors are appointed by the Local Education Authority. Members of the public can apply to be considered for this role by contacting the LEA directly.


How are they appointed? The Headteacher is a governor at their own school by right.

Community Governor

How are they appointed? Community governors are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests. People from a business or professional background can be appointed.

Further information about our governing body can be found below:

If you are interested in becoming a Governor at our school please email Jane Scardifield