Consett Junior School currently have a Parent Governor Vacancy, if this is something that interests you after reading the information below, please contact the school office and speak to Mrs Raine. This vacancy will be open to interest until 31st November, 2016.
What is a school governor?
School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Our school works 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.
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. It can also be time-consuming – for example, if your school has to apply ‘special measures’, which are set by Ofsted, to make general improvements.
What does the role involve?
At most schools you’ll need to attend a governors’ meeting each half term. You’ll also be expected to join one or two sub-committees – these cover different areas like the curriculum, finance or buildings. You’ll need to be able to work well in a team, as you’ll be making joint decisions on policy.
Demands on your time depend partly on how the school is doing generally.
How do I become a school governor?
If you’re interested in becoming a governor, talk to the current chair of governors who leads the board. When there’s a vacancy for a parent governor all parents will be informed, depending on the level of interest you may need to stand for election.
Before you put yourself forward, talk to your employer. Many employers recognise the role of school governor as useful work experience and may offer paid leave for governor duties.