Details of the role and who can be a school governor
Information about the voluntary role of school governor at Longwick School, how to become one and what to expect.
School governors are unpaid volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors - together they're call the 'governing body'. They're involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school - such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.
Governors also help to make big decisions about the school's long-term goals. They support the headteacher but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right strategic direction.
Anyone over 18 can be a school governor - you don't have to be a parent with a child at the school. 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 into the role of governor.
At Longwick School you'll need to attend a governors' meeting each half term. You'll also be expected to join one of our sub-committees - these cover different areas like the curriculum, finance or buildings. You'll need to be able to work well in a team, as you'll be making joint decisions on policy.
Being a school governor is most rewarding. If you're interested in becoming a governor, talk to the current chair of governors who leads the board:
Mrs Claire Randall at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 leave for governor duties.