Your child's school will be run by a governing body that has responsibility for the overall policies of the school. The board of governors in state-funded schools is made up of representatives from: the local authority (appointed by the authority); parents (elected by parents); school staff (elected by the staff); the head teacher and - sometimes - community members (appointed by the school).

The head teacher is in charge of the day-to-day running of the school, assisted by a deputy head teacher. Other teachers will be responsible for separate curriculum subjects.