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Role of a school, trust and academy governor

The role is demanding but rewarding. If you would like to offer your services as a school governor, all you need is commitment, enthusiasm and the ability to work well as part of a team. In return, we offer training and support to help you carry out your role.

Find out more about the categories of school governors

Find out more on how to apply to become a school governor

  • Qualifications - no formal qualifications are required, but you will need to be able to work as part of a team, have common sense, tact, some spare time and a keen interest in improving children’s education.

  • Attendance at meetings - the full governing body meets at least three times per year. In addition, committees and working parties meet on a regular basis to consider specific issues.

  • Expectations - you will need to work closely with others, ask questions, gather views and decide together what is in the school’s best interest. It will also help you in your role as governor to visit the school occasionally.

  • Term of office - you would serve for a period of up to four years from the time you are elected.

  • Support available - you will be invited to an initial ‘welcome’ event for new governors and the Local Authority arranges relevant training courses each term. Training is essential if you want to become an effective member of your governing body.

Find out more about the welcome events for new governors

Find out more about governor development, training and support

Contact us

Governors' Team
Children, Young People and Family Services
3rd Floor
Treasury Building
Guildhall Road

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349

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