The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the head teacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.
See the Essex County Council website for current vacancies and how to apply
Who can be a school governor?
You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What's really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.
Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches or businesses. It is important that you can work as part of a team, and can give commitment to the school.
There are usually, depending on the size of the school, between 9 - 20 people who make up the governing body. Advice, support and training for the role is given by the council. Some governors are elected by parents, some are appointed by the governing body itself, the local authority or local churches. This ensures governing bodies reflect the communities they serve.
If you want to help your local school in a really effective way, you should consider becoming a school governor.
The governing body is responsible for working strategically with the school to ensure the delivery of high quality education and is vital to a school's success.
A school governor has three main roles:
- To provide strategic direction for the school
- To act as a critical friend to the head teacher
- To ensure accountability
They also carry out a number of other important duties which include:
- Determining how the school's budget is spent
- The appointing and dismissing of staff
- Hearing appeals and grievances
- Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
- Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
- Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
- Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies
Information is also provided to help you, or advice and support if you are already a school governor or clerk