Could You be a Governor?

Do you:

  • Care about the education children receive
  • Want to make an important contribution to your local community
  • Enjoy a challenging and rewarding role, working as part of a team
  • Want to help strengthen the link between schools and their communities, including parishes?

Then why not consider becoming a school governor?

Schools need governing bodies to:

  • Think and work strategically to help to raise standards
  • Monitor and evaluate progress towards the school's priorities and targets
  • Support the head and staff as well as challenging their expectations
  • Be accountable to all stakeholders for the school's overall performance and for the decision they have made.

Governors are not responsible for the day-to-day management of the school - that is the job of the Headteacher and staff. The essential qualifications for an effective governor are time, energy and commitment, rather than an in-depth knowledge of education, finance, personnel, etc.

Governors are drawn from every walk of life and will:

  • Be good listeners
  • Ask constructive rather than confrontational questions
  • Share their wider experience, knowledge and skills for the benefit of the school as a whole
  • Be discreet, open-minded and fair
  • Work as part of a team, standing by collective decisions, even if not agreeing with them
  • Give time to attend meetings and school occasions
  • Keep up-to-date with local and national developments in education
  • Attend governor training