Governor Development Service
Becoming a school governor
Leicestershire schools need governors
Are you looking for a challenge that allows you to put something back into your local community? Are you interested in making a positive contribution to children’s education?
If you have answered ‘yes’ then becoming a school governor could be the opportunity that you are looking for.
Schools are run by a governing body working with the headteacher and senior management team to ensure pupils get a good education. Becoming a governor could be a way of contributing to your local school and learning new skills.
Who can become a school governor?
You don't need to have a child at a school to become a governor. Governing Bodies are made up of parents, staff, community and local authority representatives.
All types of people can become school governors. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed. There are a number ofother reasons which restrict an individual's eligibility to be a school governor.
Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. Many schools would particularly welcome new governors who have transferable skills developed at work, or who have a particularly good understanding of the community served by the school.
What do school governors do?
School governors are responsible for making sure the school provides 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 as well as carrying out a number of other important duties. These include:
- 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
- Pupils behaviour and discipline
The governing body is made up of:
- parent governors (elected by parents)
- staff representatives (elected by school staff)
- local authority governors (appointed by the local authority)
- community governors (members of the local community appointed by the governing body)
- for some schools, people appointed by the relevant religious body or foundation
What would be involved?
The full governing body normally meets between 3 to 6 times per academic year.
Governing bodies make their decisions based on the advice of committees that deal with specific issues like the school's curriculum, premises or finances. If you become a governor, you will probably be asked to serve on a committee where you have an interest or can make a contribution. Committees usually meet twice a term, so 6 times per academic year.
The amount of time involved for each governor varies between schools. However, in a typical month in a typical school you can expect to spend at least six to eight hours on your duties.
Being a school governor is demanding but rewarding and a good way of putting something into your local community.
What current Leicestershire school governors say:
“Being a school governor is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. We get the chance to create an environment where the next generation get the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We also work with a group of dedicated professionals both within the school and education generally.”
“I became interested in schools and how they were run when my own children started school. I have a broad range of qualifications, experience of work and life that I bring to the role of school governor. I enjoy the work and the opportunities to interact with fellow governors and school staff.”
“I became a governor nearly 20 years ago because I wanted to help children. It has developed me as a person, which has positively affected other parts of my life. I feel that I have really contributed to the community and my efforts are valued.”
What support is available?
Support, training and guidance are available from your school and Governor Development Service.
Apply to become a governor
If you are interested in a particular school, contact the headteacher. Your interest will be welcomed. Alternatively you can register your interest with Governors Development Service by completing the online application form.
Page Last Updated: 7 March 2013