School Governors make up the largest group of volunteers in the country with over 300,000 people taking on the role. It is a great privilege to be a school governor- to be involved in the strategic planning for school development and to see the school at work first hand. However it is also a responsibility that should not be undertaken lightly.
The school needs governors who can commit their time as well as their enthusiasm. A successful governing body has members who have time to visit the school to get to know its strengths and weaknesses, who have time to attend meetings and read the relevant documentation, and who have time to take on jobs which will genuinely support the senior management team and enable the school to move forward more quickly.
Terms of office run for 4 years. At the end of the 4 year term Parent Governors will either stand down or stand for re-election. Queen Eleanor’s has 2 parent governors so elections are held approximately once every 2 years. Foundation Governors are not elected, they are chosen by the diocese under the guidance of All Saints Church and St. Nicolas Church. Most Foundation governors have a connection with one or other of these churches. At the end of their 4 year term foundation governors are usually invited to stand for another term.
The Governing Body also has the ability to co-opt people onto the governing body and to have non-governors on working parties and attending some committee meetings.
If you are interested in becoming a governor it would be a good idea to have a chat with the chair of governors or the head teacher in order to register your interest and to see which type of governor you could be considered for. When vacancies for Parent Governors come up the school will notify all parents and invite nominations.