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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Governors play an important role in the life of a school as they are accountable for, and have a responsibility for the work of the school. Therefore our Chair of Governors, Paul Hoskins, will tell you a little bit more about what the governors of Meath Green Junior School do.

Our role is to provide strategic management and challenge, to act as a "critical friend", supporting the work of the Co-Heads, and other staff. We can thereby help raise the standards of pupil achievement. We are not responsible for day-to-day management of the school, that lies with the Co-Heads.

Our wide range of responsibilities include:


  • setting the strategic direction, policies and objectives of the school
  • approving the annual school budget
  • reviewing progress against the budget and objectives
  • challenging and supporting senior staff 
  • playing a part in appointing staff 

Schools generally have a delegated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment; we are responsible for managing this budget. We work with the Co-Heads to agree how many and what type of staff to employ, decide which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.
Governors also have a key role in monitoring the school's progress, in setting annual targets for the school's performance, including the head teacher and ensuring that targets for other staff are set. We are accountable to parents and the wider community for the performance of the school.

Our governing body is made up of: 

  • Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body. The local authority can nominate any eligible person as a local authority governor, but it is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria they have set.
  • Co-opted governors are appointed on to the governing body by the other members because they come from a specialist group, such as the business community or because they possess a particular skill which can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
  • Parent governors who have a child in school at the time of their election, and are elected by the parents with children at the school. If there are insufficient nominations from parents to fill the vacancies, the governing body has to appoint parents
  • Staff governors who are members of staff at the school and are elected by their colleagues. This category includes the headteacher (who serves in an ex-officio capacity), teaching and non-teaching staff. Unlike parent governors, when a member of staff leaves the school he/she must also leave the governing body
  • Associate members are appointed by the governing body. They are not governors but can contribute specifically on issues related to their areas of expertise (for instance, finance or previous governing body experience).
  • Plus a clerk to the governors

Any one of the governors is more than willing to talk to you and listen to any suggestions you may have. We can be contacted through the School Office or if seen in and around the school please don't be afraid to approach us. 

Paul Hoskins and Julia Wyatt

Joint Chair of Governors