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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 students. Governors do not make day to day decisions about how the school is run, but some of their responsibilities include:

  • managing the school’s budget
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • reviewing pupil progress
  • helping with the appointment of senior staff (including the headteacher)
  • drawing up an action plan after an inspection by Ofsted.

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 you choose to get involved in a specific aspect of the work of the school, governors also need to get to know their school. This will involve visiting the school for events such as:

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

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 use our online form to apply, or you can register your interest on the SGOSS website. For more information please see the SGOSS website

Page last updated: 25/05/2017