School governors are a team of people who work closely with the headteacher to make key decisions vital to the successful running of the school. The governors appoint the headteacher and make decisions that directly affect the education and well-being of the children. They play an important role in improving standards throughout the school and agree the school’s budget. Governors can really make a difference in improving standards throughout a school. In other words, it’s a very meaningful role!
Becoming a school governor
If your child attends Saddleworth School you can be elected as a parent governor by the parents. We have to hold elections and inform parents and staff about them. You can also become a governor by approaching the school to see if they will co-opt you or by asking the local authority if they would appoint you.
As a parent governor, you can make a valuable contribution to the running of the school. You will be able to offer your enthusiasm and commitment – and as a parent, you’ll understand other parents’ concerns. Governors with business and management experience, or a host of other skills, can also offer extremely helpful expertise to the school.
Being a school governor can be a rewarding experience. You’ll be playing an important part in improving the children’s education and supporting the school’s staff, and giving a lot to the school and the community usually means you’ll get a lot back. Being a governor is also an opportunity to develop new skills or practice existing ones that can help you in your day job, like chairing meetings, putting forward suggestions and asking the right questions, speaking in public, appointing staff, and helping other members who are new to the job or have less experience of committee work.
The time that governors are able to give to the role varies but there are certain things they must be in a position to do, so be aware:
- The governing body must meet at least once a term
- Governors are asked to serve on at least one committee which will meet each term
- Meetings are sometimes held during the working day and very often during the evening
- Governors will have to prepare for meetings and there can be a lot of papers to read
If you would like further information on how to join our governing body, please contact Mrs Rea, Chair of Governors firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about our Governors, please click on the images to view their profile and contact details:
Mrs Jayne Clarke
Mrs Sarah West
Mr Lee Mansfield
Mrs Angela Wood
Pupil Premium Lead
Rev Canon Sharon Jones
Ethos & Community
Mr James Horn
Ethos and Community Committee
Mrs Pam Byrne
Ethos & Community Committee
Mr Mike Anderson