St. Mary's

C.E. Primary School

'Shining Brighter and Brighter' Proverbs 4:18

Volunteer as a Governor

Have you thought about being a school governor?

If you believe that education can make a difference to children’s lives, read on.  If you want to support our school to be the best it can be, we want you as a school governor!  Governors support school leaders to run the school.  Running a school is essentially a business, so we help to do that.  We help plan for the future, we monitor the budget and make sure the education the children are receiving is first class.  Watch this short film for more information about the role of school governors.

If you have any sort of experience with meetings, strategy, budgets, or just being a team player, then we would like to hear from you.  Full training will be given to support you to undertake the role.  Being a governor is a great opportunity to learn about something new, develop transferrable skills and give back to your community.  More information on people’s experience of being a governor can be found here.

How much volunteering time is needed?  

There are regular meetings every term (one or two) – full governing board meetings and committee meetings.  They are usually about 90 minutes to two hours long.  There is preparatory reading that needs to be undertaken before the meeting.  Sometimes the meetings are on-line, sometimes face to face at the school.  Meeting can be in the evening or during the school day, depending on everyone’s availability. 

Governors are also allocated a link role to monitor (check over) different aspects of school life, for example safeguarding, a specific curriculum subject area, or health and safety.  We will always try to find a role that fits with your skills.  However, whatever link role you have, training is available.  Link roles normally require a monitoring visit each term – probably an hour to prepare, an hour to meet and an hour to write a report after the visit.  You get plenty of notice about what you are needed to do and when.  And you will be supported.

Would you like more information?

Being a governor can be a very rewarding experience.  If you are interested in becoming a governor or would like more information, please contact the school office (, telephone: 01442 389040) or Linda, one of the co-chairs of governors (

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The role of school governors