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School Governors - Become a Governor


Why do it?
Being a school governor is extremely rewarding. It¹s an excellent way of becoming part of the school community and making a difference to how the school is run.

No special qualifications are required. We don¹t need education experts, just enthusiasm. Lots of training is available, making it a great way to gain new skills. We give every new governor a Buddy¹ to help them get to grips with their new role.

What's required of governors?
The role of governor is voluntary. Any time a governor spends carrying out their duties is appreciated and makes a difference to the school. As a minimum we would like Earlsfield governors to do the following:

  • attend termly full governing body meetings
    These are usually on Wednesdays. They start at 6.30pm and tend to go on until at least 9.30pm. Minutes and other materials are circulated a couple of weeks before the meeting and usually take about two hours to read.
  • attend two termly sub-committee meetings
    There are three committees ­ curriculum and attainment, resources, children, families and community. Every governor is a member of two committees. They meet at 8am and childcare is provided. It usually takes between one and two hours to read the meeting papers.
  • visit the school once a term
    Every governor is either linked to a year group or to an important area of work, such as special educational needs. Visits are a way of finding out what¹s going on. They vary in length but usually last a few hours.
  • attend at least one school event a year, such as an assembly or school

The role is unpaid but governors can claim for any costs they incur, such as parking and childcare.

If you’re interested, contact Debbie Mayers (Chair of Govs) at governors@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk to find out more.


Roles and Responsibilities Meet the Governors
Governor updates Interested in becoming a Governor?
Governors' statement on behaviour What is our impact?
Governors' Attendance Record Code of Conduct


Last updated 28th September 2015


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