What is a school governor?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors – together they’re called the ‘Governing Body‘. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.

Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support headteachers, but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.

Who can be a school governor?

Anyone over 18 can be a school governor – you don’t have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school.

The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience, but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life.

What does the role involve?

At Fishwick you’ll need to attend a governors’ meeting once a term. You’ll also be expected to join one or two sub-committees – these cover different areas like the Curriculum, Resources (finance and buildings) or the SEC (School Effectiveness Committee) these also meet once a term. You’ll need to be able to work well in a team, as you’ll be making joint decisions on policy. You will also need to read papers prior to the meetings.

We currently have a vacancy for a Parent Governor and a Co-opted Governor, if you are interested see Mrs Conway or ask in the office.

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