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Become a Governor

Volunteering as a school Governor is a challenging but rewarding role that offers the opportunity to make a difference for children and young people in your community.  

Governors are responsible for:

  • developing a vision and strategy for the school
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • holding the school leader to account to ensure that every pupil has the best possible education
  • engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community to understand their views of the school   

In practice, this means looking at information and evidence in order to have conversations and asking school leaders questions about the school.   In certain circumstances, you will also make decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary matters.

To fulfil the role you will need to:

  • attend regular meetings (around 6 each year)
  • visit the school(s) occasionally
  • do some background reading
  • take part in induction training and ongoing development

Who can become a Governor?

There are no specific qualifications or requirements for the role - every LGB needs a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience. Y ou don't need to be a parent or have a background in education.

To be eligible to volunteer, you need:

  • the time to contribute (altogether, you can expect to spend 10-20 days each year on governance duties, with some meetings and visits taking place during the working day)
  • to be aged 18 or over
  • not to be disqualified under the relevant rules and procedures

Please see below for schools in our Trust who are current seeking new Governor members:-