The Role of the School Governor

All state maintained primary, secondary and special schools, are accountable to their governing bodies, which in turn
are accountable to parents and the community. Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body and
the local authority appoints governors to the governing body.

In addition the governing body can appoint its own community governors,and it is traditionally these posts which the
governing body uses to cover skills gaps, hence these posts often being offered to governors from the business
community. Increasingly, local authority appointment panels also look to the skills set of their appointees.

Governing bodies make decisions which are in the best interests of the children and young people. Keeping the decision
making as close as possible to those that are affected by the decisions makes for sound and efficient leadership and
Toynbee Governors' Vision

The governors' vision for the school is to be the secondary school of choice in the local community through the delivery of
an educational experience which balances 'Personal Best' academic progress and achievement with excellent support and
holistic development for all pupils.  To further build on the strengths of the school by having high expectation of
ourselves and of all who work and learnin in the school.  These high expectations will then continue to provide and
exceptional environment to promote a life-long passion for learning and discovery.

Toynbee Governors' Mission

To support and challenge the school on its mission which it articulates as being an inclusive school; a school that is for
everyone.  This mission means that the school caters for all levels of academic ability; provides a rich curriculum which
enables all pupils to reach their full potential; offers individuals opportunties to identify strengths in order to develop
their full range of skills and adopt high standards of behaviour.  The governors' mission and the school's mission are
inextricably linked and aim for all learners to succeed in their personal goals and be well prepared for adult life as
integrated members of society.

The Role of the Governing Body

The governing body is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school. It is the school’s accountable body and as such:

- provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It appoints and performance manages the headteacher, agreeing the school improvement
strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures;

- monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy;

- signs off the self evaluation process and responds to school improvement service and Ofsted reports as necessary. In addition, it holds the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved,
consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.

In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know their school community, for example through a small number of visits to the school during the school day.


Governors need to work together as a team, under the leadership of the Chair of the governing body.
Governing bodies are required to meet formally a minimum of three times a year.  At Toynbee we meet at six times a year as a Full Board and in addition we have three sub committees who also meet six times a year:

Finance & Staffing
Learning & Teaching
Pupil Welfare & Discipline

Other Commitments

We also have special link governors who carry out specific roles in the school:-

Special Educational Needs - this includes Visual Impairment and Gifted & Talented
Health & Safety
Newly Qualified Teachers

Over the last three years the governors have also been carrying out monitoring visits of the core depts English, Maths & Science and special focus days when a group of governors come into school to carry out interviews with staff and children on ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Inclusion.’

Governors also support the school at specific events such Open Evening & Year 6 Induction evening so that parents can ask questions and meet governor representatives.

Skills and Training

Governors do not need specific skills, but many of the tasks they are required to undertake can benefit from general business knowledge such as understanding management systems, budget planning and HR functions.

Our governors keep their training up to date by regularly attending Local authority courses and they also attend an annual governor training event which has a specific focus such as ‘Ofsted’ or ‘Child Protection’ or ‘Data Analysis.’

"a friendly school, fantastic students,
impressive results"
Toynbee School
a specialist humanities school
Mr Matthew Longden - Headteacher
Bodycoats Road, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 2PL
Tel: 023 80269026  Email: