What does being a governor involve?

The governing body is an essential part of every school and is made up of parents, staff, and members of the local community.

Governors are volunteers who have some time to offer and have an interest in helping to ensure that a school achieves the very best education for their children and supports their families and the wider community.


Experience needed?

Governors do not need to have (or have had) children or at the school, nor is any education experience necessary.  Warwickshire Local Authority provides a range of training opportunities - current training brochure attached at the bottom of this page.

Governors must be 18 or over and, because they will be spending time in school, will be required to complete a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service) (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service) check.


The role of a governor

At St. Paul’s C of E Primary School, we recognise that we are all volunteers with a range of different personal circumstances so we try to both share the responsibilities and keep the time required sensible.  Broadly speaking our time is divided up as follows:

  • Four Full Governing Body meetings per year (19:00pm to 21:00pm on a Monday in September, December, April and July
  • Three or four committee meetings per year (either 8am on a Friday or 7pm on a Monday)
  • Three school monitoring visits per year linked to our responsibilities (usually no more than 1 hour, arranged to suit your diary)
  • Plus any training courses seen by individuals as beneficial and relevant

It is of course possible for governors to put more time in if they wish to.  Special events such as OfSTED visits or head teacher recruitment ac require some additional time, but this is rare.

Employees are entitled to time off work for governor duties.  Click here to find out more.


The organisation of our governing body

We have two committees:

  • The Resources Committee, which is predominately concerned with the financial, staffing and premises aspects of the school and
  • The Performance & Standards Committee which focus’ on matters of policy, curriculum, assessment and achievement.

Each member of the governing body is a member of one committee and some even choose to be on both. Governors are also allocated individual responsibilities, based on their interests.  A number of these responsibilities involve liaising with a member of the school staff and feeding back to Full Governing Body meetings on your findings. One benefit of growing our governing body is sharing these responsibilities wider, so that we all have fewer.


Benefits of being a governor

Being a governor is good for the school and good for you.  It is an excellent way to:

  • learn how the education system works
  • develop new skills and to strengthen existing ones
  • work with new people from different backgrounds and experiences
  • use your skills and talents in a different setting

As a governor you will broaden your skills and knowledge by being involved in strategic planning and problem solving in areas that include finance, site management, human resources, marketing, pupil welfare and curriculum development.

If you want to get in touch, please email the Clerk to the Governors