Did you know that school governors are one of the largest voluntary groups in the UK?
There are over 300,000 people across the UK volunteering their time to be a part of a school’s governing body.
What is a governing body?
The Governing Body is an integral part of any school structure. The Body works with the Headteacher and school staff to ensure it provides high quality education for all its pupils, and constantly strives to improve. However, the Governing Body is not expected to make day-to-day (operational) decisions about how the school is run, this is left to the experts – the Headteacher and senior leadership team.
The Governing Body helps shape the vision and direction of the school and ensures that it fulfills its statutory duties. Governors are expected to have a good understanding of the strengths and any weaknesses of the school so that the Senior Leadership Team can be challenged and supported through decisions that arise. Through this, the school is then able to evaluate its performance and plan strategically to improve all aspects of school life.
Responsibilities and Structure of our governing body.
for a full list of responsibilities and structure of our governing body.
For a full list of our Governing Body please click here.
Interested in being a Governor?
We are always keen to hear from potential new Governors as positions may become available at any time. Governors perform an important voluntary role in education at St Cuthbert's and a full and diverse governing body can be a source of enormous strength to the school. Volunteering as a governor is a great way to contribute to your local community, meet new people and improve the lives of local children. You will develop transferable skills and learn more about the education system whilst putting existing skills and experience to good use.
We spend approximately 10-15 hours per month on governance matters. We also have a role on a sub-committee of the governing body which will include 2-4 meetings per term and some preparatory reading. St Cuthbert's Full Governing Body meetings are held in term time only.
There are lots of training courses available in the Surrey area. All new governors are recommended to attend the governor induction programme which helps in understanding the role and function of the governing body. We operate a Buddy system as well as having a detailed induction pack for our new governors. The Local Authority and Diocese also provide a wide range of further training opportunities to enable governors to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills.
Are you interested in applying?
Anyone who is aged eighteen or over and not disqualified under the School Governance Constitution Regulations (England) 2007 or 2012 is eligible for the role. You do not need to be a parent or have any particular qualifications to become a governor; enthusiasm and a desire to make a difference are the most important qualities a volunteer can have.