Being a Governor

School Governors are all volunteers.  We are always interested to hear from parents and members of the community who are interested in actively supporting our school by becoming a Governor. Please contact our headteacher via the school office if you would like more information.

How do I become a Governor?

The procedure is very simple and usually completed in a few weeks.  As part of the process all Governors are screened to ensure they are not barred from working with children or in schools.  Governors are normally appointed for four years.  Governors can be reappointed at the end of their term.

What are school Governors for?

School Governors are drawn from parents/carers, the local community and school staff, and they represent these groups on the Governing Body and also represent the school to their respective groups.  The Governors collectively have three core responsibilities:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

What do Governors do?

As a Governor you will be expected to attend, and actively support, Governing Body meetings (3 or 4 per year) and participate in one or more Governing Body committees or working groups.  These typically meet once a term and carry out much of the actual work of the Governing Body.  Governors are also expected to actively participate in the various monitoring schemes we have in place, for example, taking responsibility for monitoring safeguarding procedures or numeracy teaching.

Can anyone be a school Governor?

Prospective Governors should be willing to actively support the work of the Governing Body and the school.  No formal qualifications are required.  There is a great deal of free training available to Governors.  All new Governors are recommended to complete an induction course that 'gets you started' as a Governor.

Some individuals are barred from working with children and screening during the application process will identify any barred individuals.  

More information can be found on our Governance pages and the following sites:

Inspiring Governors

Volunteer as a school Governor

Norfolk Schools - become a Governor