I've applied to be a school governor. I've got a meeting with the headteacher of a local primary school coming up in a couple of weeks to find out more about the role at the school.
I've looked at the school website in preparation for this. It gives a lot of information about the school as well as its current governors, which has been very helpful.
The reason why I wanted to get involved in school governance is because I'm really interested in education and in making sure that children receive a good standard of education.
To give a bit more context, I actually started a teacher training course last year, but resigned as it wasn't for me (due to many different reasons). I would love to get involved in more voluntary roles in educational settings, and I think that school governance would be a good way to do this.
I'm in my mid-twenties and currently work as a languages tutor - whilst i don't have any sought-after specialist experience to offer the school, I'm confident that I'd be able to cope with the demands of being a school governor in a general role and that I have a lot to offer the school.
I've done a lot of reading into school governance, and have found this helpful. However, I'd be interested in finding out some first-hand accounts from anyone who's been involved in school governance.
I've heard, however, that people's experiences as school governors can vary a lot depending on which school they're placed in.
Could I ask you please about your experiences of being a school governor please (or if you know anyone who has been a school governor?)
Hi there . I'm a parent governor at my children's school . Can I ask is it a parent governor role that you are interested in ? You certainly sound keen and have looked into what being a governor involves which is more than many governors will have done 😁
I thought I'd post here just in case there may be a response from anyone who is currently/has been a governor, but I wonder if it's mostly teaching staff who use this board?
Hi bonnet - thanks for your reply as well I'm interested in a general governor role (I'm not sure if there's more specific terminology that I should be using!) rather than a parent governor role. How have you found being a governor? Is it something that you would recommend to others considering it?
I was a governor for a while. Resigned because I moved away. I never felt like I was adding a huge amount but the Head caught me at the end once and said that they liked it when I came because I asked pertinent questions.
Assuming you're not applying to be a parent governor, part of the benefit is that you will be slightly removed from the day to day experience of the school - staff and parent governors bring a particular perspective and you will bring a different one again.
Have you had a look at the Governors One Stop Shop site? It was through them visiting my employer that I got involved. www.sgoss.org.uk