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Becoming a School Governor


General Information

Schools are run by a governing board 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 local school and learning new skills.


Who can become a school governor?

All types of people can become school governors. You don't need to have a child at a school to become a governor and 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. 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 board 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


The governing board is made up of:

  • Parent Governors (elected by parents)
  • Staff Governors (elected by school staff)
  • Local Authority Governors (allocated by Calderdale Local Authority)
  • Community Governors (self-nominated as vacancies arise)
  • Co-opted Governors (invited to specific governing body meetings as they offer specific expertise)

What would be involved?

Governing boards make their decisions based on the advice of committees that deal with specific issues like the school's curriculum, premises or finances. If you become a governor, you will probably be asked to serve on a committee where you have an interest or can make a contribution. The amount of time involved for each governor varies between schools. However, in a typical month in a typical school you can expect to spend at least six to eight hours on your duties. Being a governor is a serious commitment, but it can be rewarding.


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