School governors are vital in our education system and good schools are dependent on good governance. School governors are the largest voluntary organisation in the country. Although this is a position of responsibility, it is also extremely rewarding as you directly affect outcomes for young people in your community.
If you are considering becoming a governor, these are some of the things you might be wondering about.
Who can apply?
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to be a school governor.
Do I need to be a Christian?
You do not need to be a practicing Christian to become a foundation representative in a school or trust in the diocese of Bath and Wells. However, you do need to be willing to uphold the Christian values and distinctiveness of the school.
Do I need experience of working in education?
Absolutely not! The strength of a governing board comes from all the different skills, knowledge and experience that each individual brings to the board. Everyone has something to contribute.
How much time will I need to give?
The average time for a school governor is between 5 and 8 hours a month, but this can vary depending on the circumstances of the board you are on. Most governing boards meet 6 times a year and there will be papers to read before each full meeting. You may be interested in joining a sub committee which will increase your time commitment. Many governors like to spend a little bit of time visiting the school and getting to know the teaching team and carrying out monitoring visits. It is up to you how much time you are willing and able to give.
Will I receive any training?
Yes! We encourage all governors to attend training to improve the overall effectiveness of the governing boards. We require all foundation governors, trustees and members to attend our two-part Church School Governance course as soon as possible after joining. We offer many other training events you may also be interested in attending. Please visit our Education training and support page to see our full training programme. The local authority also runs regular training events for school governors which can be accessed here.
Will I need any background checks?
Yes. Everyone working in schools is required to have an Enhanced DBS check. Your school or trust will ensure this is carried out. You will also be required to attend safeguarding training through your school or trust.
Watch the video to find out more about the value of school governors and download our Guide for Foundation Governors to find out more about the role and how we support our governors.
Interested in coming on board?
Complete this form to be connected to a school near you.
Who to contact
Louise Jenkins, School Organisation and Governance Adviser