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School governors how to become a governor

Information about the role of a Governor and how to become one.

What do governors do?

As a school governor you would be part of a volunteer team, the governing body, who work with the Headteacher and staff to cover a range of responsibilities, some set out in law.

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates, and the governing body's main role is to help raise standards of achievement. As well as helping the school agree and maintain standards by setting and monitoring targets and planning for the future, the governors also help the school to respond to the needs of parents and the wider community, and they are a friend to the school, offering support and advice.

Much of the governing body's detail work is carried out by committees - smaller groups drawn from the membership of the governing body. These committees will look after, for example, matters concerning finance, personnel, curriculum and premises.

With a few exceptions, anyone over 18 can apply to become a governor.  All governors have to make a self-disclosure declaration and are subject to police check.

For further information, please download the A guide for prospective school governors (pdf, 278kb) (opens in a new window) .

How much time does it take?

The term of office for most governors is usually four years. The governing body will meet perhaps twice a term and it's likely you will be expected to sit on one of the committees, perhaps another two meetings each term.  As well as the time it takes to attend and contribute to these meetings, you will need to give yourself time to prepare - to read the papers, maybe do some background research and prepare your points.

Additionally, you will probably want to visit the school during the day from time to time and attend some school functions, and you will also need to give time to developing your skills by attending some of the courses we run throughout the year.

Any questions?

If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone about your decision, the Governor Services helpline is open during office hours in term time on 01305 224156. 

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