School governors are one of the largest groups of volunteers in the country, with volunteers working in their spare time to promote school improvement and effectiveness.
What a school governor does
In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions.
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- 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 money is well spent.
Apply to be a school governor
Who can apply?
Anyone over 18 who is keen to make a positive contribution. You do not necessarily need a background in education, although it would be an advantage if you have financial or human resources skills and the ability to analyse data.
What support will I get?
Each term you will receive a governance report, a comprehensive learning and development programme and e-learning courses which will keep you to date with legal requirements and new initiatives.
Meet a Brent School Governor
School governors can make a real difference to the lives and life chances of local children.
We need school governors with a range of different skills and backgrounds. We spoke to several current governors to learn about their role. You can discover what inspired them and more here:
- Darren - “It’s rewarding being part of something valuable. I’m not part of the Wembley community anymore but, as a governor, I can contribute to something outside of my regular life and give back.”
- Daksha - “It makes it worthwhile when you see the community that we have succeed, when I know how much progress some kids have made and how well they have attained...as a governor I love knowing I’m involved in making this kind of difference.”
- Mona - “I believe education is paramount; if you have a good education you can work your way out of any situation.”
- Munira - “It is an opportunity to give back; I feel like I make a positive difference to the children, staff and parents through influencing decision-making and the direction of the school.”
- Narinder - “I have a passion for education and believe that every child deserves the right access to a good education”
- Titiola - “The qualities needed to be a governor are patience, curiosity and an interest in developing young minds. It will be the most important thing you do.”
- Vijesh - “In my day job I work in a commercial environment where the focus is primarily in the short term. The governor role gives me a greater feel for longer term outcomes, not just this year but for future generations, with lasting impacts”