Interested in becoming a Governor?
Why do it?
Being a school governor is extremely rewarding.
It's an excellent way of becoming part of the school community and making a difference to how the school is run.
No special qualifications are required. We don’t need education experts, just enthusiasm. Lots of training is available, making it a great way to gain new skills. We give every new governor a mentor to help them get to grips with their new role.
What's required of governors?
The role of governor is voluntary.
Any time a governor spends carrying out their duties is appreciated and makes a difference to the school.
As a minimum we would like Earlsfield governors to do the following:
- attend termly full governing board meetings; they start at 6.45pm and tend to last between 2-3 hours. Minutes and other materials are circulated in advance of the meeting. Meeting preparation usually takes about three hours.
- attend at least one termly sub-committee meeting; There are three committees - curriculum and attainment, resources, children, families and community. Governors are members of at least one committee. Committees meet at either 8am or 6/6.30pm. Childcare can be provided for morning meetings. We are unable to provide childcare for evening meetings but can pay childcare costs. It usually takes about two hours to prepare for a committee meeting.
- take two additional roles, which may be another committee or priority area allocated based on Governing Board objectives and one occasional role. There are additional sub-committees which meet on a less regular basis as required, including the Head’s Performance Committee; Appeals and Exclusions Committee and Pay Committee. In addition, the Governing Board sets annual objectives and priorities which are allocated on an annual basis.
- visit the school once a term
Every governor is given a link area, which they are asked to monitor via termly visits to school. Most of the link areas align to the School priorities and will be allocated through the Committee workplans and at Committee meetings.
To help, you will be given a job description, which outlines the role.
Visits vary in length but usually last a couple of hours..
- attend at least one school event a year, such as an assembly or school concert.
- Attend at least two training courses a year. Training makes us better governors. We ask all new governors to attend Wandsworth’s governor induction training course and to complete an online safeguarding course. All other governors are asked to attend two training courses each year relevant to their areas of responsibility. This could include E-Learning and includes training which may be organised for the full Board, such as our annual data training.
- Keep abreast of current local and national developments in relation to their specific role as a Governor. Governors will be provided with updates via our shared communications portal and will have access to governor information sites. Governors have a duty to keep abreast of those areas that are relevant to their roles.
The role is unpaid but governors can claim for certain costs or expenses they incur.
If you’re interested, contact Debbie Mayers (Chair of Govs) at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.