Why do Governors do it?

Many School Governors had never thought about being one, until the opportunity was advertised, or a colleague/friend suggested it to them. I asked my fellow Governors why their response was

“Yes. Why not?”

  • To contribute something to the local community
  • To have an interest outside of work
  • To be involved in decisions that affect the future of the school
  • To be more involved in my child’s education
  • To better understand the way in which a school operates
  • To fulfill my Christian faith and beliefs.
  • Because I am passionate about education
  • As a way of saying thank you
“I remember my first meeting as being quite daunting but as time went on I began to realise that governors are just ordinary people trying to do what is best for the school.”

What do you get out of it?

I enjoy learning about how the school functions and contributing to the various discussions and debates.

It also offers the chance to get to know more about where your kids go and to influence things about it you want to change.

A sense of community and shared goals.

The chance to work with an impressive group of professionals from a diverse range of professions and to learn from each other.

The work sometimes dovetails with my day to day work so it complements my professional interests very well.

Contact with the school where my four children were students for a total of 15 years, and an opportunity to give something back.

I enjoy feeling that as a governing body we make a real difference to the ethos and strategic direction of the school, ensuring that all our students can grow into informed and well-rounded participants in society.

I’m fairly new in the role so I’ve spent my first year listening and observing at meetings and I’ve attended a few training courses too so I feel better equipped now to know how to fulfil the role.

“It’s all about putting something back”

The School Governing Body comprises people with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, which all make a difference and add something to the running of the school. For instance:

Having worked for 20 years in business I believe I can offer both level headed and analytical skills to go alongside deep pastoral concern for the fate of every child and member of staff in school.

As I work in education I can offer knowledge and skills in policy, research and professional development as well as information about resources.

I’ve learned business management and leadership skills over 30 years at work, which I can use to help make good decisions and support the school.

I have a particular interest in addressing climate change, I am working with the student Eco Council to try and help them bring about greater environmental awareness and sustainability.

I realised the need for the school to have people from the community to share their knowledge and experience to improve the school, not just educationalists who can get stuck in one mind set.


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