Become a Governor

Who can become a Governor? 

With very few exceptions anyone over the age of 18 can become a school governor.  

Governing bodies are made up of individuals from all walks of life and should represent the diversity within our community, which they serve.  

No formal qualifications are required but an interest and commitment to the education of children and young people is essential. It would also be important that you are able to read through and understand information easily.  

It would also be necessary to have use of a laptop and home internet to be able to receive papers, check emails and attend meetings which are currently being held virtually.  

What should I expect of the role? 

Code of Conduct: As a governor you will need to adhere to our code of conduct below: 

Preparation 

It will be important that you are able to prepare for meetings by reading documents, reports and papers which are shared in advance of meetings to form probing and challenging questions. 

Time Commitment 

According to the National Governance Association the average time commitment is 5 to 8 hours per month. However, this will vary according to your position on the board, number of emails, your linked governor role, committee membership, training needsthe needs of the school and so on. 

Training

There is an expectation that that governors will attend statutory and other training to ensure they are able to carry out their role effectively, such as safeguarding training and an induction programme. 

Length of Service

The usual term of office is four years. However, governors are volunteers who can leave at any time and can similarly be re-appointed or re-elected in order to continue their role.  

Enhanced DBS Check 

In order that you can visit the school, a DBS check will be carried out unless you already hold a valid DBS. This will be arranged and paid for by the school as part of the induction process.