Governors play an important part in overseeing the running of the school by working with the headteacher, the school staff and the council.
The headteacher looks after the day to day management of the school. The governors:
Being a governor is a demanding and fulfilling role. You don’t need any formal qualifications to become a governor, but you do need an interest in young people, teaching and learning. You’ll need to have common sense, be objective, have an open mind and be willing to learn.
Being a governor is a serious commitment. Governing bodies must meet at least once a term and many meet twice, and you’ll be expected to sit on one or more sub-committees. You’ll also be invited to school events such as concerts and assemblies.
There are a number of types of governors. Whichever type you are, you are there to bring your own views and experiences to the governing body and are not representing the views of others.
Most governors are appointed or elected to serve for a four year term.
The governing body will include the headteacher, some teacher governors and possibly a governor from the non-teaching staff. There may also be a foundation governor, for example in church schools. The rest of the governors are from the following groups:
Parent governors are elected by parents of pupils at the school. When there is a vacancy for a parent governor, parents are asked for nominations, and if there is more than one, an election is held.
LA governors are appointed by the Local Authority. They normally have a specific and useful skill or are known for their community work and interest in education.
Community governors are chosen by the governing body. They may possess particular skills or come from a specific group, such as the business community.
Additional Community governors
Additional Community Governors are appointed by town or community councils.
New governors should ask the clerk for:
You should meet with the headteacher and/or chair of governors before your first meeting, so you can get to know them and ask any questions. You may also be given a mentor – an experienced governor who can help you learn on the job.