Why become a School Governor?
A good and effective governing body is vital to our school’s success. But why?
Governors have three roles to fulfil:
Who can be a school governor?
Anyone over 18 can be a school governor – you don’t have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school.
The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience, but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life. We are currently especially looking for people with accounting and financial skills.
Do I have time to be a school governor?
You will be expected to attend between 4 and 6 governors' meetings per year. We hold the majority of our meetings in the evenings.
You’ll also be expected to join one or two sub-committees – these cover different areas like the curriculum, finance or buildings. You’ll need to be able to work well in a team, as you’ll be making joint decisions on policy. A further commitment is to attend at least one training session each year and to be available to carry out one visit in school hours per year. You are of course encouraged to come and join in with the school at events and celebrations.
Demands on your time depend partly on how the school is doing generally. Being a governor will be a busy role if the school’s going through a big change.
As a governor you’ll probably need to work eight to ten hours a month on average.
What will I get out of being a school governor?
What makes a good school governor?
So, is it for you? If you’d like to find out some more or apply to become a Governor get in touch with our Link Governor via the school