Governor Responsibilities

This page has been set up so that you can learn about the Governors at our school. The Governors play a crucial role in the life and work of our school.

(Scroll to the bottom if you are interested in being a school governor and would like an idea of what is expected.)

The Governors do not manage the school; this is the role of the Headteacher and the Senior Management Team.

The Governors have the responsibility to promote high quality teaching and learning in order to raise standards of education and welfare of all pupils.  Governors have the responsibility for the strategic vision and direction of the school and to support the Headteacher and staff in working towards that vision.

The Governors have many roles within the school covering different aspects of school life. They are involved in developing policies, overseeing finances and have responsibility for safeguarding as well as ensuring high standards in teaching and learning.

The Governors are all volunteers and are from all areas of the local community. For example parents, local business people, local councillors and staff.

Governors bring a wide range of skills and interest to the school attending courses in their own time run by the City and County of Swansea.

Even though you might not see them present in the school each day, they are very aware and involved in the school.

The Governors meet each term to discuss relevant issues within the school.

The various committee groups also meet regularly to discuss issues like finance, attendance, health and safety issues and progress towards targets.

A small group of Governors meet with Estyn Inspectors during school inspections.

The Governors produce an Annual Report for the parents of Bishopston Primary pupils which is available on the school website: Governors’ Annual Reports.

What being a Governor Entails

Some of the roles:

  • Coming to full governing body meetings once a term
  • Coming to committee meetings once a term (being the chair person, if you’re the chair of the committee or taking minutes if you’re the vice-chair)
    • Committees: Finance, Community, Curriculum, Premises, Personnel, Pupil Welfare, Technology
  • Visiting school twice a year to discuss progress of a curriculum area, or priority from the school development plan, or an aspect of the Common Inspection Framework
  • Generally being a support/critical friend to the school
  • Attending training courses
  • Developing policies for the school

If you want to know more, contact either Mr Owen or Al Roberts our Chair of Governors.

Alternatively, you could watch this video our pupils made with Al Roberts, one of our Governors