Become a Governor
Why should I be a governor?
If you care about the education children receive, you can make an important contribution to your local community by becoming a school governor.
Are you interested in becoming a Parent Governor at Clapton Girls’ Academy?
This is your chance to play an important part in the life of your daughter’s education and make a contribution for the benefit of all the students.
Nominations are invited to fill the vacancy for Parent Governor on the Clapton Girls’ Academy governing body. Parent Governors are elected for a term of four years and general expectations and responsibilities are outlined in the nomination paper - scroll down to download.
It is important that parents who agree to be nominated for election as a Parent Governor are aware of the significant amount of time that they will need to commit as a governor and are confident that they can meet this commitment.
The Clapton Girls’ Academy governing body are interested in receiving nominations from parents/carers who have skills, expertise and experience to bring to the position of parent governor. We are seeking those with skills or experience in the fields of: education, legal services, human resources, public and private sector management, accountancy, IT services and also those with knowledge of the local community.
We believe that it is in the academy’s best interests to ensure that the talents and skills available throughout the community can be considered when positions are available on the governing body. To this end we are committed to achieving a governing body which broadly reflects the composition of the Hackney and Clapton community.
We encourage and support applications from parents/carers from as wide a range as possible of ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds.
Who can be a School Governor?
ANYONE can be a governor - it just requires a commitment to children and some free time. Anyone who is eighteen or over, a legal resident of the UK and not disqualified under the School Governance Constitution (England) Regulations 2003 is eligible for the role. You do not need to be a parent or have any particular qualifications to become a governor. Enthusiasm and a desire to make a difference are the most important qualities a volunteer can have.
What does the governing body do?
Governing bodies are responsible for the strategic management of a school and will make decisions about a wide range of issues.
The core responsibilities involved are:
- Ensuring accountability
- Acting as a 'critical friend' to the Head Teacher
- Monitoring and evaluating the school's progress
- Budgetary allocation and control
- Planning for the long term future of the school
- Setting the school's aims and values
- Appointing senior members of staff including the Head Teacher
The governing body is usually split in to a small number of committees, each responsible for one area such as finance or health and safety. These committees will meet separately from the main governing body to discuss relevant issues in more detail. Discussion is then fed back at a full governing body meeting.
What qualifications do you need to become a governor?
You don't have to be an expert in education to become a school governor. Every governing body will have some educational experts on it. You don't have to be an expert in education to have a valuable viewpoint about what's happening in your school. Your very different viewpoint can really help the school see differently and do things better. Simply by asking your school some key questions and listening to the responses, you can help your school improve its performance.
Anyone who is committed and interested in being a governor is qualified for the role. Business, management and academic qualifications are useful and educational experience is helpful. But the key qualifications for anyone considering the role of governor are interest and commitment.
Why should I become a governor?
Governors perform the most important voluntary role in education and a full and diverse governing body can be a source of enormous strength to a school. Volunteering as a governor is a great way to contribute to your local community, meet new people and improve the lives of local children. You will develop transferable skills and learn more about the education system whilst putting existing skills and experience to good use.
All new governors are recommended to attend sessions from the Hackney Learning Trust training programme and any academy training.
Finding time to be a governor
If you have a lot of time to spare, you can give a lot of time to the role of governor. But if you have very little free time, you can still be a governor. You just use your time differently. You can get training which will help you make a big difference as a governor - whether you have a little or a lot of time. Governors spend approximately 6-8 hours per month on the role. Allowing for participation in a sub-committee of the governing body, this will include 2-4 meetings per term and some preparatory reading. Governing body meetings are held in term time only.
Different kinds of governors
There are several different groups responsible for appointing governors, although once appointed all governors essentially perform the same role.
- Community Governors are intended to represent the community served by the school and are appointed by the governing body itself. Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority of the school. Depending on the area, appointment of Authority Governors may be made on a political basis.
- Parent Governors usually have children at the school and have been elected to join the governing body by the parent body. If it is not possible to fill a parent vacancy this way the governing body may appoint parents of children at other schools.
- Staff Governors are elected on to the governing body by staff at the school.
- Associate members are appointed in an advisory capacity by the governing body, but have no formal voting power.
Of course, a school can have many more specialist governor roles, such as Special Educational Needs (SEN) Governor or Child Protection Governor.