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The Schools of Woolton Hill are looking for new Governors

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Becoming a Governor

School governors represent the largest volunteer force in the country with approximately 1% of the adult population serving in this capacity at any one time.  

Anyone who is a legal resident in the UK and is over 18 can become a governor. You do not need to be a parent or a parent of a student at the school or college. 

There are different types of governors:

  • Parent governors - elected by the parents of children in the school

  • Co-opted governors - appointed by the governing body and might include local business people or members of local community groups

  • Local Authority governors - members of the community who may be elected members with an interest in the school and skills required to meet the schools skills gap.  

  • Staff governors - elected by both the teaching and support staff at the school

  • Foundation governors - appointed by the body which established the school, for example, the church

  • Headteacher - if they choose to be a governor


Do you have…

  • The ability to form effective working relationships with fellow governors and staff

  • The ability to enquire, scrutinise, challenge and actively support the work of the senior staff of the school?

  • The desire to work hard as a volunteer for the benefit of the children, families and staff?

  • The ability to look at issues objectively

  • The confidence to ask questions and join in debate?

  • The willingness to listen and make informed judgments?

  • Willing to act honestly, openly and with integrity?

What skills do I need?

Governing bodies are made up of a broad range of people including parents, school staff, members of the community, people nominated by the Local Authority and sometimes the church. They have a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences, they are all committed volunteers who work together for the benefit of the School and are the link between the school and the community it serves. The most important thing is that governors have skill to contribute and the willingness to learn and develop their abilities as a governor. 

The governing body works as a team with the Headteacher and other staff, effective governors do not need to be experts in education but they do need to be committed to the school.

A key role of governors is holding the management team to account robustly and effectively.  For this, it is important that governors have a questioning mind and are diplomatic. They also need to be enthusiastic and a good team player. To contribute effectively, all governors need to be literate and numerate.

Time commitment required

Governors need to be able to devote time to attend meetings and to read papers. It needn’t be daunting – but you have got to have some time to set aside. 

The time you devote can vary widely, depending on how involved you become and what needs doing. Being a governor involves more than just taking an interest, though this is a crucial part of the job.

The governing body usually meets at least once a term. You would probably also sit on one or two committees dealing with:

  • Teaching & Learning

  • Resourcing

  • Strategy

  • Policies

Qualifications needed

You don’t need any special qualification to be a school governor. Schools are keen to attract people in the community who can bring energy, experience and fresh ideas. Those who would make very good governors may be put off because they think they need to be an expert. Not so – interest, enthusiasm and commitment are much more important.

Governors bring a range of experience and interests from many walks of life. They need to work closely with others to make good decisions – and make sure their decisions are followed up. It helps to be a good listener – you will stand a much better chance of understanding how the school ticks.

Help and training will be provided

The Local Authority also offers a free training and development programme for new and existing governors. The Local Authority values the voluntary contribution of its governors and in return aims to provide high quality training and support.

A regular newsletter and training programme is sent to all governors to keep them up to date of developments in education policy and current best practices.

The Local Authority provides support through various training opportunities for all governors. All schools have money in their budget to be used to support governor training.

All new governors are invited to an induction programme which outlines the roles and responsibilities of governors and allows them to meet other new governors.

There are many different types of courses to suit all sorts of different governors.  Course times and venues are varied to suit as many people as possible. Telephone advice is also available from a team of experienced Council staff used to working with governors and who understand the concerns of new governors.