School Governing bodies include representatives of different groups, but despite representing different groups, all governors have exactly the same role and voting rights.

  • Anyone in Kirklees can apply to be a local authority governor (with a few exceptions)
  • Members of the community, or people with the same faith or ethos as the school who have the necessary skills to move the school forward.
  • In a voluntary controlled or community school, the governing body will select one or more members of the community to sit on the governing body.
  • Foundation (church) schools appoint foundation governors who represent the faith or ethos of the school. To become a community or foundation governor ask at your local school or contact your local Diocese.
  • The school elect members of staff to sit on the school's governing body
  • To become a parent governor ask at your child's school regarding parent governor elections.

Support, training and guidance is available from your school and the school governor service. All governor appointments are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

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Being a school governor

About the role

The average time commitment is 10-15 hours per term. Governing bodies meet at least once a term, usually after school or in the early evening. In addition governors need to attend committee meetings, school events and appropriate training. Governors are encouraged to visit school during the day to see it in action, and to get to know the staff and pupils. Governors usually serve for four years.

  • Together with the headteacher they are responsible for making sure our schools provide good quality education.
  • Provide challenge and support to headteachers, drawing on their knowledge and experience
  • Make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and school development plans.
  • Monitor the impact of policies and oversee school budgets and staffing.
  • Report on school achievements and respond to inspection recommendations.
  • Hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints.
  • Ask searching questions and respect the position of headteachers as professional leaders of schools.
  • Select headteacher.
  • Make sure the national curriculum is taught.
  • Decide how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development.
  • Make sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs.
Benefits to being a school governor

Despite the fact the governors are volunteers they can get a great deal from the work and time they put in. From meeting new people to gaining new skills and most importantly the knowledge that you are helping to improve educational standards for children and young people in the area. It also gives them a chance to:

  • Make a difference to how well schools are run
  • See how their efforts help raise standards
  • Do something positive for the next generation
  • Serve the local community
  • Help realise their own potential by learning new skills and putting existing skills into practice
Eligibility and skills

Anyone aged 18 or over and living in the UK can be a governor.

Governors bring a range of experience and interests from many walks of life. They need to work closely with others to make good decisions and to make sure their decisions are followed up. You certainly don't need to be a parent to have the makings of a good governor. Retired people and those involved in the local business community have much to offer. If you've never thought of putting yourself forward, but believe schools should give children the best start, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want to put something back into your local community?
  • Are you prepared to work as part of a team?
  • Do you have time to get to know your school, to go to meetings and read papers?
  • Are you comfortable asking questions?
  • Are you open to new ideas and ready to learn?
  • Do you want children to get the best from school?

If the answer is yes we'd love to hear from you. Schools are keen to attract people in the community who can bring energy, experience, fresh ideas and appropriate skills. You don't need to be an expert-interest, enthusiasm and commitment are much more important.

More information

How to become a Governor