Southend School Governors

What do governors do?

School Governors work with the headteacher and staff at the school to improve the educational achievement of all its pupils. Governors do not make day to day decisions about how the school is run, as their responsibilities are strategic.

Key functions of a governing body are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher 

How much time is involved?

This varies greatly depending on your time availability and level of involvement, as well as attending at least one governing body meeting each term and committee meetings, if applicable. Governors also need to ‘get to know’ their school and this could involve visiting the school for events such as:

  • open days
  • learning walks
  • assemblies
  • school fetes
  • concerts

What are the different categories of school governors?

  • parent
  • staff
  • foundation
  • partnership
  • local authority
  • co-opted

The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing board.

What support is available for school governors?

In Southend, we understand the importance of school governance and that is why our aim is to ensure ‘Excellence in Southend Governance’. We have a dedicated team here to support you throughout your volunteer role as a governor, as we understand the challenges you may face. Our advice and training is designed to support you, however we understand each governing board is different and therefore we offer bespoke whole governing board training too. Please download our support and training brochure below.

Who can become a school governor?

Governors come from all sections of the community and so anyone who is over 18 can apply with a few exceptions (these are outlined at the end of the application form).

But it is important that governors care about children and young people's education, have an interest in the community, are willing to learn new skills and have some spare time.

How can I apply to be a Governor?

Please download our application form and skills audit below and return to Rachel Marshall (Services for Schools Officer – Governance and Events) on or by post to Rachel Marshall, Floor 5, Southend on sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, SS2 6ER 


Page last updated: 22/08/2017