Governors link the school with the community, and play a key role in the effectiveness of the school. The governing board’s job is to look at all aspects of the school’s performance and ensure it is achieving its full potential as well as working with the Principal and Senior Team to provide strategic leadership and accountability.
Governors core strategic functions are:
a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The Principal is an ex-officio governor by virtue of office. Co-opted governors and associate members are appointed by the governing board, the staff governor is elected by other staff members and parent governors are elected by parents/carers of children at the school. All Governors are bound by the Governors Code of Conduct. The Governing Body of Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre have adopted the Code of Conduct of the NGA (National Governors Association). The term of office for all categories of governor is a fixed period of 4 years.