Who can become a school governor
You don’t need to have a child at a school to become a governor, all types of people can become school governors. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed.
Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don’t need to have a child at the school.
Many schools would particularly welcome new governors who have transferable skills developed at work, or who have a particularly good understanding of the community served by the school.
What do school governors do?
The governing body of a school is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:
- setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
- approving the school budget
- reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
- appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher
- Invite parents to a meeting once a year to discuss the Annual report to Parents, to view a copy please see link below.
The governing body is made up of:
- parent governors (elected by parents)
- staff representatives (elected by school staff)
- local authority governors (appointed by the local authority)
- community governors (members of the local community appointed by the governing body)
- for some schools, people appointed by the relevant religious body or foundation
- up to two sponsor governors, or four if the school is a secondary school (appointed by the governing body)