School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors - together they’re called the 'governing body'. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.
Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support headteachers, but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.
Anyone over 18 can be a school governor – you don’t have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school.
The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience, but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life. It can also be time-consuming - for example, if your school has to apply 'special measures', which are set by Ofsted, to make general improvements.
At most schools you’ll need to attend a governors' meeting each half term. You’ll also be expected to join one or two sub-committees – these cover different areas like the curriculum, finance or buildings. You’ll need to be able to work well in a team, as you’ll be making joint decisions on policy.
Demands on your time depend partly on how the school is doing generally. Being a governor will be a busy role if the school’s results are getting worse or it’s going through a big change like appointing a new headteacher, or joining with another school.
As a governor you’ll probably need to work eight to ten hours a month, assuming your school is in a reasonable position.
“My son is currently in Year 1 (2017) and my daughter will (hopefully) be attending nursery in September 2017.I also attended this school and I can still remember topics, visits and novels I learnt whilst being a pupil here.I wish to support school to continue ensuring all children have a super start to their education; leaving Primary school with a wealth of knowledge, skills and memories.
I am a primary school teacher within Wakefield. I have a wide experience of teaching throughout Primary School from Nursery to Year six. I am currently a SENCO and my latest role has included developing outdoor education, including the school grounds. Previously, I have been the Literacy Co-ordinator and supported other schools in developing writing.
Furthermore, I have previously been a governor of a primary school. Therefore, I am aware of the commitment and importance this role brings. As a parent, we all want the best for our children and I believe I have the skills and knowledge to support this school in being the best that it can be for all our children.”
“After leaving school at 16 and taking care of the elderly, then more recently becoming a fully qualified fitness instructor I decided through choice to give it up and be a stay at home Mum.Having 3 children I think it is vitally important to be a huge part of their lives as they grow up.It is equally as important to me as a parent that all 3 are happy at school and they feel confident enough about themselves as they progress.
As a school governor I could offer my time, I’m a good listener, work hard as a team, have experience of children and their needs and as a parent I have the experience of understanding that all children are different.
I see myself as an organised, sociable, outgoing sort of person who enjoys reading, swimming, socialising with friends and spending quality time with my family.
I have been a resident of Horbury for almost nine years and as a family we thoroughly enjoy living here and being a part of this friendly community.”
I am a professionally qualified Civil Engineer, experienced in Contracting and Program Management. I have worked in Venezuela and Madrid in a variety of different cultures and backgrounds.
Currently (for the past 5 Years) I am working for Leeds College of Building as a Lecturer and Course Tutor in Civil Engineering and enjoy teaching students.
I joined the Governors to get involved in the school and help and assist wherever I can. Since becoming a Governor I have visited the school twice to experience the teaching and learning taking place first hand. This was a very rewarding experience as the children obviously enjoy the varied and well planned activities that are organised for them.
The school has excellent results due to the hard work and dedication of the Headmaster and his staff who monitor the progress at every level and report back to the Governing body.
I would recommend getting involved with the school at any opportunity, helping to maintain the high standards already achieved or as fund raisers though the PTA.
I am proud to be the Vice Chairman of the Governors, please say hello, if you see me at the school. Together we can ensure a good future for our children.
Vice Chair, Committees - Resources, Standards and Pupils, Link Governor - Pupil Premium
I have been a parent governor for around 2 years now, so I have seen the school through the various stages of transition which has been interesting! I have two children at the school, currently in years 1 and 3. I live on Shepstye Road and am a keen cyclist (as anyone who uses the breakfast club will know!) and have taken an interest in promoting sustainable travel to school.
I have recently become a member of both the standards and resources committees, which gives a great insight into all the work that goes on in the background of the school. It also means lots of new things to learn for me!
Now that the school is feeling settled in the new buildings, I am very optimistic that lots of great opportunities will be experienced by the pupils and learning will continue to progress.
Parent Governor, Committees - Resources
My name is Tim Hunter and I am one of the parent governors, originally from Ossett but I have been living in Horbury for over 20 years. My main interests and hobbies are all types of motorsport particularly motorcycling. I am a retired member of the local Round Table and some of you may have seen me at the many local charity & community events around Horbury & Ossett
For a living I am involved in a local business which employs 38 staff therefore I am able to offer help and assistance to the practical side of running the school.
Since the amalgamation of St Peters & Clifton, and more recently the rebuilding of the school, the facilities we have to offer our pupils and staff are outstanding and as a parent and school governor I am committed to working hard to see the school continue to develop.
My background is predominantly Marketing and Graphic Design, skills which I have been able to utilise at school. As secretary of PTA, I regularly canvas local businesses for prizes to better raise funds for events such as school fairs. I also organised and created artwork for posters and programmes etc. I have recently been involved alongside a team of staff and governors in creating the new school website. I regularly volunteer in school, which gives me a good insight to the school day.
I have two children that attend St Peter's School, one of which has special needs. My experiences in this gives me a parental perspective of the liaison between school, parents and professionals when looking at the care needs of children with Special Needs and SEND policies. Therefore, I have an active interest in SEND in school.
I am a keen cyclist and have an interest in promoting walking and cycling to school schemes. I was lucky to recently join staff and pupils on Tour de Yorkshire Bike Fest at Nostell Priory.
Chair of Governors - Parent Governor, Committees - Resources
I have for many years been associated with St Peter’s Church and it is through this association that I became a foundation governor. My time as a governor has been mostly served at the old St Peter’s Junior School, but I have been in the fortunate position of being able to continue after the amalgamation of St Peter’s Junior and Clifton Infants.
As you can imagine, I have been involved in a lot of changes to the school over the years, especially more recently with the amalgamation and I am particularly proud of the outcome.
I was born in Horbury and have always lived in Horbury, attending St Peter’s School as a child and working in the school kitchen before taking retirement. My daughter was also educated at the school, followed now by my granddaughter and so my association continues.
I have every faith in the aims of our school,
‘ that education is a partnership between staff, parents, children and governors and that with full co-operation, mutual support and respect we can develop each child’s potential to the full’
As a Foundation Governor I feel it is my duty to fully support the school to this end.
Non Teaching Staff Governor
Training Link Governor, SEND
Associate Governor (Deputy Headteacher)