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Becoming a School Governor


Governing boards need skilled, motivated people who are committed to making an improvement in our schools.

Would you like to become a school governor?

·         Do you have an interest in education?

·         Would you like to give active service to the community?

·         Do you want to help our schools provide the best education for each child?

·         Would you like to be part of a team dedicated to achieving this?

·         Do you have the time to make a commitment to learn about the role, attend      

          Induction training and undertake ongoing professional development?


If you would like to find out more please email governorstraining@bedford.gov.uk or telephoning 01234 718387


Volunteering as a new school governor

If you are interested in becoming a school governor we are hosting a briefing session on Wednesday 14th March 2018, 10.00am – 11.30am at Borough Hall.


To book a place please email governorstraining@bedford.gov.uk


School Governors One Stop Shop (SGOSS)

Bedford Borough work with SGOSS to address recruitment needs and to provide governors who are interested in the role and bring the skills and experience required. SGOSS state that they are effective in supporting school governing boards become more diverse. The SGOSS website is a useful resource for people interested in finding out more about what is involved in becoming a school governor.

Web address: http://www.sgoss.org.uk/


Inspiring Governors Alliance

The Inspiring Governors Alliance provides more information about the role of school governors and offers help to governing boards looking to recruit skilled governors.


Academy Ambassadors

Academy Ambassadors provides a free, bespoke service matching business people and professionals with multi-academy trusts looking to strengthen their boards.

If you are looking for governors for your Academy or if you are interested in becoming an Academy Ambassador yourself visit this website to find out more.



How much time does it take to be a School Governor?

It is difficult to say precisely as each governing board operates in its own way. However, the full governing board must meet once a term and these meetings are of about two hours duration. In addition governors will be expected to join a committee and the committee will meet each term. Governors will be expected to make a visit to the school at least once a year.


Who can become a School Governor?

Nearly all people over the age of 18 can become a school governor, although safeguarding checks will be made. A willingness to learn and to attend training is also important.

A few people may be disqualified, see disqualifications sheet below.

Disqualification Sheet

Governors must adhere to the Seven Principles of public life and the Code of Conduct for their governing board. New Governors are expected to attend Induction training for new governors.


How long do Governors serve?

The Head teacher is a governor by right of their office.

All other governors’ term of office is four years, although occasionally this can be less.

Governors are elected or appointed and can serve further terms of office if they are reappointed or re-elected.


What help is there for Governors?

Many governing boards provide help for new governors such as a mentor.

Bedford Borough provides support for all governors, including new governors:

·         New governors receive a Welcome booklet with helpful information about governance

·         New Governors Induction training

·         School Governor Annual Training Programme – available to all governors from all schools,

          academies and free schools across Bedford Borough.

·         Resources provided through access to GovernorHub: www.governorhub.com.

·         Telephone and e-mail assistance.


Complete the Form

Follow the link below and complete the Prospective Governor form which will automatically be sent to:

Julia Newman, Governor Training and Development Co-ordinator, Bedford Borough Council, School Improvement Team, 5th Floor, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP



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