Governor Visits

Executive HeadChair of GovernorsReview Dates
Last Review: 09-2016
Trevor Patterson Philip cavalier-Lumley Next Review: 09-2019


Through our programme of individual governor visits we aim to:-

  • Improve knowledge of the ethos of the school and awareness of the work on the curriculum.
  • Assist the whole governing body to fulfill its statutory role.
  • Improve governor understanding of the needs of the school and the priorities for the School Improvement Plan.
  • Monitor and evaluate the School Improvement Plan especially in relation to curricular issues
  • Improve governor links with staff, pupils and parents.
  • Help governors to be better able to support the school community.
  • Highlight the needs for particular resources.

Timetable of visits

  • All governors aim to visit at least once a year during the working day.
  • All new governors to be offered an introductory visit soon after their appointment to the governing body as part of their introduction programme.
  • Governors are welcome to informally visit the school (with prior notice) taking into account the needs of all concerned and the appropriate timing of visits e.g. assemblies
  • Invitations are sent for some occasions.
  • Visits to talk with the Executive Head and/or Head of School to be made by appointment.
  • Governors receive copies of parents’ newsletters, which contain notice of events and are welcome to attend these.

Focus of Monitoring Visit

Visits to focus on aspects of the School Improvement Plan and on carrying out the work of the governing body e.g.; SEND, Health and Safety, English Governor.

The visits to have particular emphasis on one year group or on one major aspect of delivery of the curriculum. The Curriculum Committee will discuss the focus of these visits and suggestions brought to the whole governing body.

What Governor Visits are NOT about:

  • Making judgments about quality of teaching and operational management
  • Checking the progress of own children
  • Pursuing personal agendas
  • Monopolising teachers time
  • Arriving with inflexible preconceived ideas
  • Interrupting, giving ideas or suggestions during teaching time


Format for visits

1 Arrange a visit with the appropriate teacher(s) and agree the aim of the visit and arrangement for it in advance. Ensure Executive Head and/or Head of School is aware of the details of the visit.

2 The visit – Most visits to take place in the classroom. Staff will have been consulted about the date and purpose of the visit. This will enable them to prepare any information related to the focus of the visit and to set up a programme for the governor. This might include;

  • Supporting a group of children on a set task
  • Informal observations of children at work
  • Opportunities to speak with children on their work in progress
  • Opportunities for observing displays of work in the classroom, which show progress over time
  • Opportunities for pupils to demonstrate work to governors
  • Governors are expected to be present at the beginning of a lesson – this will enable the teacher to introduce them to the class and explain the reason for their presence.
  • Governors to be aware of the confidentiality of what they see and hear
  • Governors to be discreet so as not to disrupt the lesson in progress.

3 A further meeting with the Executive Head and/or Head of School  to review the focus of the visit and clarify any queries.

The follow up

1 Governor to complete a Checklist for Governors (download below - to support and guide a governor on their visit)

2 The completed report shared with the full governing body.

3 Staff and governors to give opinions on the effectiveness and success of these visits

4 Governors and staff to update the policy every three years.