Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School


The governing body, together with the headteacher, is responsible and accountable for all major decisions about the school and its future.  Governors have a legal responsibility to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.  We set the school's vision and strategic aims, monitor and evaluate performance acting as a critical friend to the headteacher and ensure the school is accountable to those it serves.

We have a range of duties and powers in relation to issues such as:

  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Curriculum
  • Finance/Budget
  • Charging for school activities   
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Community use of the school
  • Staffing
  • Discipline and attendance
  • Inspection
  • Religious Education and collective worship

Where do we come from

Governors are from different parts of the community to help ensure diversity of views and experience, though governors do not "represent" their category.  For example, Parent Governors do not act as a representative of the parents at the school and do not report back to them.

  • Parents: elected by other parents at the school
  • Staff: elected by teaching and other school staff
  • Co-opted: the governing body appoints other members based on the skills they can offer
  • Local Authority (the Council): appointed by the local authority (LA)