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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 phone 01234 718387

Volunteering as a new school governor

If you are interested in becoming a school governor we are hosting a briefing session on Monday 22 July at 2pm to 3:30pm at Borough Hall. 

To book a place please email governorstraining@bedford.gov.uk or phone at 01234 718387.

Governors for Schools 

Bedford Borough works with 'Governors for Schools' to address recruitment needs in Bedford Borough schools. By finding, nurturing and supporting a committed network of governors we help to drive systematic change in how schools operate; and provide governors who are interested in the role and bring the skills and experience required.

'Governors for Schools' states that it is effective in supporting school governing boards become more diverse. The website is a useful resource for people interested in finding out more about what is involved in becoming a school governor.

Inspiring Governance

Inspiring Governance connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as school governors and trustees with schools in England. It also provides free, expert support for volunteers and governing bodies, as well as for employers wanting to run programmes for their staff serving as school 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.

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.

Governing boards are made up of several categories of school governors who are elected or appointed in different ways. These include staff governors, parent governors, co-opted governors, local authority governors and those appointed by religious foundations.

Some governing boards also have associate members who are appointed in the same way as governors but may be appointed for a particular skill or with a view to being considered as a governor when a vacancy becomes available. This is to help the governing boards reflect the communities that they serve and to enable the governing board to appoint to the skills they need.

In maintained schools the composition is determined by the instrument of government which has been agreed by the governing board. For an Academy the composition is detailed in the Articles of Association. Every school has a governing board which varies in size usually between 9-15.

Please complete the application form if you would like to be introduced to a school with a suitable vacancy which will normally be the co-opted category. If you are interested in a particular school you can also contact the head teacher to ascertain whether there are any vacancies.

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 www.governorhub.com
  • Telephone and email assistance

Prospective governor: complete the form

You can complete the Prospective Governor form this 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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