School Governors

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: How do I contact the Chair of Governors at my school?

Answer: Correspondence should be addressed to the Chair of Governors at the school address.

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Question: Who can become a governor?

Answer: With a few exceptions anyone over the age of 18 can become a school governor. More information can be found in Annex A, Section C of the following link. - Related Link

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Question: Do I need qualifications to be a school governor?

Answer: Governors are volunteers and do not necessarily need qualifications. Governors are appointed or elected based on a wide range of skills and experiences that they may be able to bring to the Governing Board

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Question: How do I apply to become a governor?

Answer: If you are interested in becoming a governor, please click on the ‘Do it online’ tab at the top of this page, to complete an application form.

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Question: What does being a Governor involve?

Answer: School governors work as a team to provide strategic leadership and direction for their schools. As a corporate board they support the school and hold the senior management team to account for educational performance, performance management of staff and oversee expenditure of the school budget.

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Question: What can I offer?

Answer: Being a governor requires commitment and a desire to make a difference. As a member of the school community, your local knowledge will be valuable. Any generic or business skills or experience that you have may be adaptable for your role as a governor.

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Question: Who sits on a governing body?

Answer: Governing boards are made up of parents, staff, the headteacher, people nominated by the Local Authority and people appointed by the governing board. In church and foundation schools, some governors are appointed by the church, foundation or trust. In academies, governors tend to be appointed by the trust.

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Question: How much time does it take?

Answer: The role does require some commitment, but the amount of time you are able to give will depend on your own circumstances. You need to be willing to attend a number of meetings (usually in the early evening) and you may be asked to carry out some work during the daytime. It is important to spend time reading through papers before meetings. You should engage in learning and development by taking part in training or other development opportunities offered by the school.

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Question: What if I incur costs, like childcare?

Answer: Governors are allowed to claim for reasonable expenses incurred whilst carrying out their role

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Question: Am I allowed time off work for governor duties??

Answer: Many employers understand the benefits of having employees who are governors and encourage their staff to volunteer for this valuable role. Skills that are gained through being a governor can be transferrable to the workplace.
Employment law gives people the right to reasonable time off (unpaid). Further information is available at the following link.
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