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About Governance

What Do School Governors Do?

School governors are a group of people who work together with the head teacher to help make important decisions for our school. They help us decide what we are doing well and what we can improve. Governors can be parents, but they don’t have to be. What’s important is that our school benefits from a variety of skills and experiences to be the best it can be.

Below are answers to some common questions. If you have more questions or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact Mr Gilbert.

What is a School Governor?

School governors help the Headteacher make important decisions that keep the school running smoothly. They make choices that impact the children’s education and well-being, improve school standards, and help to monitor the school’s budget.

How Do I Become a Parent Governor?

If your child goes to our school, you can apply directly to the school. 

What Can I Offer as a Governor?

As a parent governor, you can contribute your enthusiasm and commitment, and understand the concerns of other parents. Governors with skills in business, management, or other areas can also provide valuable expertise to help the school.

What Will I Get Out of Being a Governor?

Being a school governor can be very rewarding. You will help improve the children’s education, support school staff, and give back to the community. You can also develop new skills or practice existing ones, such as leading meetings, sharing ideas, asking important questions, speaking in public, hiring staff, and helping new governors.

How Much Time Does It Take?

The time commitment for being a governor can vary, but there are certain responsibilities:

  • The governing body meets at least once a term.
  • Governors usually serve on at least one committee that meets more often.
  • Meetings can be during the day or in the evening.
  • Governors need to prepare for meetings, which includes reading various documents.

If you cannot attend meetings or prepare for them, it will be hard to contribute effectively

Our Governor’s Code Of Conduct can be found here: ASST Policies