Become a governor

Make a difference as one of our academy governors

As one of our academy governors you will provide support and challenge to the headteacher and senior leadership team. You will:

  • Exercise the Local Governing Body’s responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff.
  • Help the academy to set high standards by planning for the future, setting targets for school improvement, and keeping the pressure up on school improvement.
  • Be a critical friend to the academy, offering support and advice.
  • Help the academy respond to the needs of parents and the community.
  • Not intervene in the day-to-day management of the academy unless there are weaknesses in the school, when the Local Governing Body then has a duty to take action.
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How do I become a governor?

You can become a school governor by:

  • Being elected by parents as a parent governor, if your child attends the academy.
  • Being elected by the teaching or non-teaching staff, if you are a member of the teaching or non-teaching staff.
  • Being appointed by the trust.
  • Being co-opted (that is, appointed) by the other governors.
To become a governor, you will need to ensure that those who have a vote, or who appoint people, know about your interest. It is always worth approaching your local academy to register your interest in governor vacancies.
What makes a good governor? You care about improving children’s educational attainment. You want to contribute to the local community. You are willing to ask questions. You are open to ideas and willing to learn. You can offer enthusiasm and commitment.