Who are our school governors and what do they do?
There are over 300,000 school governors in England and they form the largest volunteer force in the country. Their role is to work with the headteacher and senior leadership team in raising school standards. Duties include setting policies & objectives, approving the school budget and appointing & supporting the headteacher. Governing bodies work as a team – decisions are not made by individuals. Governors come from all walks of life and fall into different categories – staff, parent, community, foundation and authority governors.
To be a School governor you don’t need to have a pupil at the school but in the governor role you just need to have enthusiasm, an interest in the welfare of children and a willingness to learn. Governors must also be prepared to contribute to discussions and offer challenge and support to the headteacher. Governing bodies usually meet once or twice a term. There are also committee meetings to attend (eg curriculum, personnel, premises or finance). If a governor does have a particular expertise, this is where their skills could be put to good use. Governors may also volunteer to work alongside a member of staff who has a specific responsibility – eg Safeguarding. The time commitment varies between governors and schools, but governors can expect to spend around six to eight hours per month on their duties.
Our Governing body is made up of 19 governors and they are all motivated and dedicated to the success of the school. Many governors have said that they have gained valuable experiences and that it has had an impact on both their personal and professional life. Being a governor means you meet new people, develop teamwork skills and learn more about how schools work. Governors can gain experience in budget setting, interviewing for key staff or developing policies. It will also give you the opportunity to see how the school and college operates by being a governor linked to a specific class – being able to see the children and young people learn and talk with staff.
The Local Authority provides support and training for all governors, from your first appointment to being the Chair of Governors or chairing a committee. The training helps you develop your knowledge and understanding of the role as well as developing leadership skills and confidence.
Above all, being a governor means that you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a real difference to the development of children, young people, their school and the community.
If you want to make contact with the Chair of Governors please feel free to leave a message at the school or Link College and your request will be forwarded and answered promptly. Alternatively your can email us at email@example.com
Currently the full Governing Body meets 4 times a year at 6pm on a Monday.
The 2 committees (Pupils Curriculum & Quality, and Personnel Finance & Buildings) meet in the day a few weeks before each full Governing Body meeting.
Governors also sit on the committees and working groups which are managing the implementation of the recommendations of the SEND review, and on the Board of the Life Skills college.