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The Role of the Chair of Governors

Guidance for Schools & Colleges

Governing Bodies are required to elect a Chair Person. This election is held at the first meeting of the governing body each academic year. The Governing Body can elect a Chair Person for more than a single year, but this must be agreed and documented appropriately.

The role of the Chair is to provide leadership to the governing body and ensure that governors/trustees fulfil their functions ensuring sound governance of the school(s). Chairs of Governors typically meet with the Headteacher on a fortnightly basis or more frequently if the need arises.