The Governing Body is responsible for the strategic management of a school and make decisions about a wide range of issues. The core responsibilities involved are:

Setting the school’s aims, vision and values.
Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Principal by providing both challenge and support.
Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress.
Budgetary allocation, monitoring and control.
Ensuring accountability. Governors must strike a balance between respecting the professional roles and expertise of the Principal and other staff on the one hand; and being formally accountable for the school’s overall performance to parents, other stakeholders, the community and outside organisations with statutory responsibilities for education e.g. OfSTED.
Planning for the long term future of the school.
Appointing the Principal and other senior members of staff.