Are you considering a voluntary role? Could you spare some time each month to volunteer as a school governor?
Are you looking to expand on your personal or professional skills and development? Consider how it could benefit a Hillingdon school.
There are over 300,000 school governors nationally. They form one of the largest volunteer groups in the country. School governors are people from the community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education and opportunities in life.
The key purpose of governing bodies is to help schools provide the best possible education and opportunities for pupils. They do this by:
- setting the school’s values, vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, helping to set and maintain the broad framework within which the Headteacher and the staff should operate the school, and making creative use of resources;
- monitoring and evaluating performance, acting as a critical friend to the headteacher to support and challenge them in managing the school, governors should therefore be prepared to ask challenging questions;
- ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs.
If I apply to become a governor, what can I offer to a school?
- Time, enthusiasm and commitment.
- Openness to learning and change.
- As a member of the community your local knowledge will be valuable: you will have a feel for what is important to people.
- If you happen to have business or other skills, schools might find these particularly helpful.
- Governors also provide objectivity in debate and decision-making and can add further and different perspectives to school matters.
Governors do not have to be a particular type of person, have particular skills, know about education, have children or be of a certain age. Governing bodies need volunteers from different backgrounds to give their time to schools.
Volunteers must be over the age of eighteen and are welcome regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or religion. It is, in fact, critical that volunteers represent all age groups and the diversity of the communities in which the schools are situated.
Important criteria for appointment as a governor
- A willingness to actively serve as a governor for a period of up to four years.
- A commitment to raising aspirations, expectations and standards of achievement in the London Borough of Hillingdon’s schools.
- A commitment to being available to attend and actively contribute to meetings and workings of a school’s governing body.
- A willingness to contribute and share specific skills, knowledge and/or experience to help the school provide the best possible education for its pupils.
- A willingness to undertake the necessary training and keep themselves up-to-date on educational matters.
What will I get out of being a school governor?
- Being a school governor is a privilege – you are a small but very important part in an educational system with a very long history.
- The knowledge that you have played a part in improving local children’s education and supported the school’s staff.
- A chance to develop new skills, to practise and strengthen existing ones, such as chairing a meeting or leading on a key school issue.
- The opportunity to work as part of a team to make a real difference in the community.
- The opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life whom you probably would not have otherwise encountered.
- Knowing that the decisions you collectively make will have a huge impact on children’s lives.
- You develop as a person and may even find that your experiences as a governor influence future career and life choices.
- Training opportunities, learning about new things which you may have never even considered before.
How much time do governors give?
The time commitment for a school governor varies and depends on the school’s circumstances. On average, volunteers spend six to eight hours a month during the school term time attending full governing body meetings (mostly evenings), support committees and reading paperwork before meetings.
A governor’s term of office is usually for four years, but as a volunteer you can resign at any time.
I’m interested in applying, what do I do now?
Please complete the below form, Brunel Volunteers will then be in contact with the relevant application form.