Being a School Governor at The Grange CP School
What is a school governor?
School governors are volunteers who help to run our school. The Grange staff work with a group of school governors - together they’re called the 'governing body'. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing The Grange – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards.
Governors also help to make big decisions about our school’s long-term goals. They support Ms Boswell, our Head teacher, but also ask her and the staff many questions and make sure that she is taking The Grange in the right direction.
Who can be a school governor?
Anyone over 18 can be a school governor – you don’t have to be a parent with a child at The Grange. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school.
The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience, but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life. It can also be time-consuming - for example, if the school has to apply 'special measures', which are set by Ofsted, to make general improvements.
What does the role involve?
At The Grange, you’ll need to attend a governors' meeting each half term. You’ll also be expected to join one or two sub-committees – these cover different areas: Curriculum and Standards, Finance and Personnel. You’ll need to be able to work well in a team, as you’ll be making joint decisions on policy.
Demands on your time depend partly on how The Grange is doing generally. Being a governor will be a busy role if the school’s results are not improving or it’s going through a big change like appointing a new headteacher, or joining with another school.
As a governor you’ll probably need to work eight to ten hours a month, assuming The Grange is in a reasonable position.
How do I become a school governor?
If you’re interested in becoming a governor, talk to the current Chair or Vice Chair of our Governing Body. When there’s a vacancy for a parent governor all parents will be informed, and you’ll have a chance to stand for election.
Before you put yourself forward, talk to your employer. Many employers recognise the role of school governor as useful work experience and may offer paid leave for governor duties.
Come on, work for your community, work for our school and work for our future.