You do not need special qualifications to become a Governor. Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are the main requirements. Vacancies will be advertised through the school and/or Melbourn Magazine. If you would like to talk further about what is involved, contact the Chair of Governors via the school office or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The section below gives more information about what is required of a governor.
We welcome everyone to our Governing Body regardless of sex, race, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity. We want to make sure that our Governing Body is representative of the whole community.
Am I the right person to become a Governor?
Being a Governor can be very rewarding. Governors can get a great deal from the work and time they put in. It gives them a chance to:
Everyone has something to offer their local school. But governors find that they gain a lot too. From meeting new people to gaining new skills. And most importantly the knowledge that you are helping to improve education standards for youngsters in your area.
Many employers encourage staff to become school governors. They realise that the skills gained from being a governor are transferable to the workplace. Some governors have chosen to take the opportunity – with the assistance of their colleagues and School Governance – to obtain a qualification based on their work as a governor.
You certainly don’t need to be a parent to have the makings of a good governor. Retired people and those involved in the local business community have much to offer. If you’ve never thought of putting yourself forward, but believe schools should give children the best start, ask yourself the following questions:
If you can answer Yes and live in the area, then you could well have what it takes to be a school governor, and help make a difference to our children’s future.
Governors have to put the time in. It’s no use thinking about being a governor if you can’t turn up to meetings or make time to read papers. It needn’t be daunting – but you’ve got to have some time to set aside. The amount of time varies – but governing bodies are not looking for passengers who want the status without putting in the work.
The time you devote can vary widely, depending on how involved you become and what needs doing. Being a governor involves more than just taking an interest, though this is a crucial part of the job. The minimum expectations are:
Sometimes governors have to make difficult decisions about individual pupils or members of staff. At times it can be hard work – but governors are never expected to work without help and support from others, inside the school and out.
Previous experience is not necessary.