The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- overseeing the school's finances
- making sure the curriculum is broad and balanced
- appointing staff
- reviewing staff performance and pay
The governing body has considerable decretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair.