The Main Role of the Governing Body

Strategic Role

  • Setting the vision and aims for Dowdales
  • Agreed Dowdales policies and targets
  • Determining the strategy for Dowdales’ school improvement
  • School Improvement Plan

Critical Friend

  • Building good relationships
  • Visits to Dowdales
  • Monitoring Dowdales progress
  • Evaluating outcomes
  • Self-evaluation
  • Understanding the data in Dowdales


  • Recieving the Headteacher’s report
  • Relationship with parents
  • School prospectus
  • Ofsted inspections
  • Communicating effectively

How do we fulfil these roles?

  • We attend full governing body meetings
  • We attend committees, working parties and hold informal groups
  • We attend school functions
  • We participate in givernor development programme
  • We know the school and how it works
  • We read items of educational interest