Governors

A full Governors’ Meeting is held each term when any item regarding the school can be discussed. There are also smaller Governor Committees which meet regularly to deal with Finance, Staffing, Premises, Standards and Curriculum matters.

Who are school governors?

You don’t have to have children at the school to be a governor. You do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. Schools need a good mix of people from their local community, from all walks of life, who can bring different viewpoints, experience, skills and fresh ideas with them. They can be parents, staff at the school, resident in the locality or representatives of local churches and businesses. You don’t need to be an expert. What’s really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.

Some governors are elected by parents, some are appointed by the governing body itself, the local authority or the local churches. This is to help governing bodies reflect the communities they serve. What really matters is working together as a governing body to do the best for the school.

What do governors do?

The governing body works with the headteacher and the staff at the school to make sure the school provides good quality education for all its pupils, and constantly strives to improve. Governors don’t need specialist skills, just an ability to listen, think through new ideas, and decide what’s best for the school as part of a team. They need to set high expectations and ask challenging questions, but are not expected to make day to day decisions about how the school is run. That’s the job of the headteacher and senior staff.

The three key roles of a governing body are to:

  • provide strategic direction for the school;
  • support the headteacher, but constantly look to raise standards;
  • ensure accountability.

This means that as a governor, you may get involved in:

  • deciding how the budget should be spent and ensuring good value for money;
  • making sure the curriculum provides for and stretches all pupils;
  • making sure the school buildings are welcoming, safe and well used;
  • setting and monitoring the school’s values, aims and policies;
  • appointing staff and making sure the right development and reward arrangements are in place.

How much time does it take?

The term of office for a school governor is normally four years. You’ll need to be able to give some time to go to meetings and read the paperwork. We have a Full Governing Body meeting once a term (about 2 hours) and committee(s) which also meet once a term. It all depends on the amount of committee work that you choose to do.

Governors are strongly encouraged to visit the school to help them get to know and understand how the school works, and to monitor school improvement. You may be invited to special occasions such as assemblies, sports days, plays and presentations. Being a school governor is a real opportunity to use your experience and to learn new skills.

Mossgate Primary School and Lancashire County Council Governor Services will give you all the support and training you’ll need. New governors will have access to a mentor and are encouraged to attend induction training – essential to help them understand their role. These sessions are run across the County at different times, and tutors do their best to make them simple, rewarding and fun.

How do I become a school governor?

If you would like to be a governor you can contact the school direct or speak to a member of the team at Area North: Telephone: (01524) 581136 or email: governors.north@lancashire.gov.uk

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