Prospective Governors

Information for Prospective Governors

Every school has a Governing Body; the actual number of Governors varies according to the size of the school. The term of office of a Governor is four years but there is nothing to stop them resigning within that four years. It is estimated that it can take a couple of years to really get to know what the job really involves and therefore many Governors stay for more than one term.

The Governing Body at Crown Hills consists of the Principal, elected staff and parents and people from the local community.

What do you need to become a Governor?

No formal qualifications are needed to be a Governor. There are training programmes to introduce new Governors to the role and to help others who wish to explore particular issues in greater depth.

All schools need volunteers with experience of life but some Governors may have qualifications and/or professional skills.

They do not have to be education experts. They do have to provide an independent view and common sense approach. What Governors do need is: enthusiasm, energy, time, to be open to new ideas and attend basic training, good communication /interpersonal skills and a willingness to make a commitment. Being a Governor involves being committed and giving significant amounts of time and energy. People considering taking on the role of a Governor should take all this into account when considering whether to serve on any Governing Body. It is, however, a hugely rewarding experience.

Governors bring a range of experience and interests from many walks of life. The Governing Body brings a sense of direction to the work of the school, it works together with the Principal/Head Teacher as a team and supports the work of the school as a critical friend and holds the school to account for the standards and quality of education it achieves. Recruitment and retention of school Governors are a priority for Governor Services at the Local Authority and good communication with Governors and prospective Governors is vital.

The Governing Body’s responsibilities include:

• promoting high standards of educational progress and attainment

• agreeing the College Improvement Plan

• setting an annual budget detailing planned spending

• approving a staffing structure

• making sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based and in particular that the National Curriculum and Religious Education are taught

• ensuring that reports are made on pupils ‘achievement

• drawing up an action plan following an Ofsted report

• producing policies including sex education, safeguarding and SEN

• ensuring safer recruitment procedures are followed when appointing staff

• securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour

• ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff

• developing the strategic plan for the school, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability

• dealing with complaints against the school

A good Governing Body will therefore:

• take a strategic view

• ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

• hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

• oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

• be a critical friend

• ensure accountability

If you are interested in being a Governor at Crown Hills Community college or if you would like to know more, then please contact our Chair of Governors, Mr Iqbal Ismail via the college office on 0116 2736893.

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