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Becoming a School Governor

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Are you interested in helping to make sure children receive the highest standard of education possible and achieve their full potential?

Are you looking for a challenge that also enables you to put something back into your local community?

If you are interested in becoming a school governor there is an application form at the end of this page. If you are applying for a staff or parent governor vacancy at a particular school you will need to download and complete the word or PDF version and submit it to the school.  For more information about governors and how they are appointed please take the time to read on ……

School governors are one of the biggest volunteer forces in the country.  They have a key role to play in making sure all pupils at a school receive the highest standard of education possible and are able to achieve their full potential.  They work together with headteachers to support school improvement and teachers in our schools.

Each school has its own governing body which will vary in size from 10 – 21, but they all have the same specific duties given to them by law which include:-

 Agreeing school development priorities
 Setting school targets
 Agreeing school policies and practice
 Agreeing an annual budget detailing planned spending and staffing
 Appointing the Headteacher and other senior staff
 Developing extended services to meet a school’s needs as part of the wider local community.

An effective governing body is a source of enormous strength to a school.  No one governor is expected to know it all.  The strength of a governing body lies in its ability to attract and rely upon members from a wide variety of backgrounds, share out the duties amongst its members, and be able to make decisions as a group.

All governors share the responsibility of making the governing body effective and efficient by setting the remit of the body and its committees, being well-informed and attending meetings.

And finally

“The role of the school governor is to

 Support the school, but not uncritically
 Explain its policies to parents and the community, but not blindly
 Watch its standards, but with care, humility and an open mind
 Help settle its disputes fairly and conscientiously
 Oversee its policies an its use of the resources, but not in tiresome detail

But you should do these things as a governing body, not as an individual governor, and in all such matters you should act with knowledge and understanding of the school”.

[From A Working Partnership by Joan Sallis, governor and contributor to the Times Educational Supplement]

How can you help?

Every one has skills and knowledge from everyday life which would be of enormous benefit to a governing body. In return, you will be rewarded with the knowledge that you are making a difference by doing something positive for the next generation and for our local community.

Making an application for governorship

Vacancies for elected governors are dealt with by the school when a vacancy occurs. (Elected governors are parent and staff governors).

For community and authority governorships the borough council welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Following receipt of an application form prospective governors are invited to discuss their applications. This may be with a Governor Services representative, existing governor and a headteacher. The names of suitable people are held in a `pool` by Bournemouth Governor Services until suitable vacancies occur.

Governing Bodies themselves may apply to the pool to fill their vacancies. The relevant Diocese oversee the arrangements for the appointment of foundation governors in church schools.

When suitable vacancies [community and authority governorships] in schools arise people from the pool are contacted and asked if they wish to be considered. This does not stop individuals contacting their local schools if they are eligible to stand for election in any other category.

What should you do next?

If you are interested in becoming a community or authority governor, please complete the application form. If you are interested in an elected post (staff or parent) print the word or PDF version and post it directly to the school. Alternatively, if you would like an application pack posted to you please contact:

Governor Services

Telephone Us01202 456254 


Please note: The disqualification Criteria should be read prior to submitting your application. It is useful to give some detail in the reasons why you are applying for governorship as this helps in the appointment process

Links to:

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