Becoming a school governor

Are you looking for a challenge that allows you to put something back into your school? Are you interested in making a positive contribution to children’s education?

If you have answered ‘yes’ then becoming a school governor could be the opportunity that you are looking for.

Schools are run by a governing body working with the headteacher and senior management team to ensure pupils get a good education. Becoming a governor could be a way of contributing to your school and learning new skills.

All types of people can become school governors. No special qualifications are required.  However, you are required to do a skills audit and an informal interview with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors.  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. Bulwell St Marys would particularly welcome new governors who have transferable skills developed at work, or who have a particularly good understanding of the community served by our school.

What do school governors do?
School governors are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education. Together with the Head Teacher and Head of School, who are responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies as well as carrying out a number of other important duties. These include:

  • How the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Pupils behaviour and discipline

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)
  • foundation governors from the Diocese

What would be involved?
The full governing body normally meets 4 times per academic year.
General Governors Meetings take place monthly during the academic year.
Being a school governor is demanding but rewarding and a good way of putting something into your local community.

What support is available?
Support, training and guidance are available from the school and Nottingham City Governor Services.

Apply to become a governor
If you are interested in becoming a governor at our school, contact Mrs. Meredith or Mr. Farthing. Your interest will be welcomed.

Forthcoming Governor Meeting Dates:
December 15th 2016 - Full Governing Body 4pm
February 2nd 2017 - Finance 4pm and Standards Meeting 5pm
March 2nd - Full Governing Body 4pm
April 27th - Finance 4pm and Standards Meeting 5pm
May 11th - Full Governing Body Meeting 4pm
June 29th - Finance 4pm and Standards 5pm
July 13th - Full Governing Body 4pm