We are currently recruiting a volunteer to join the governing body of Overton CofE Primary School in Basingstoke.
Governors attend meetings, ask challenging questions, and visit the school.
The strength of a governing body lies in its ability to attract and rely upon members from a wide variety of backgrounds, share out the duties amongst its members, and be able to take decisions as a group.
This board level position gives a fantastic real world experience of director roles and increase leadership skills, all whilst helping the local community.
Governing bodies have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and direction.
2. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.
Time Commitment averages around 4-8 hours per month, including travel time. Meetings are usually held in the evening and have the freedom to organise their own structure.
Governors may also be involved with:
Visits in to school.
The skills needed to become a governor include:
Commitment in our children's future and improving educational outcomes.
Inquisitiveness to analyse and question.
The ability to make judgements and take decisions.
Inter-personal skills and the ability to work as a team.
Although not essential, governing bodies may look for experience of areas such as education, finance, personnel, business, etc.
Being a school governor can be a very rewarding role. Here are some benefits that others have found:
The knowledge that you are helping schools, pupils and the local community.
Experience in a Non-Executive director position and leadership skills.
Training and support in order to help you fulfil your duties and responsibilities.
Please note you do not need to be a parent to become a school governor.
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Whilst depending on the individual school - six governing body meeting dates are agreed and arranged for the school calendar. Meetings tend to occur at the end of the working day. However the majority of activities can be undertaken remotely at a time to suit the volunteer.
Overton Church of England Primary School