Becoming a school governor is a hugely rewarding experience. Joining a team that can influence curriculum, ensure robust financial management and even recruit a new headteacher is often very satisfying.
But for new governors and trustees, the thought of what to expect can be daunting. So, we asked Mark and Lauren, two new members of governing boards, about their initial thoughts and feelings.
How did you find the process of becoming a school governor?
Lauren: ‘I had a number of offers from schools in my locality and it was easy to filter out those that were either too far away or not quite what I was looking for. I was approached by the Chair of Governors from the school that I am currently working with through the [Inspiring Governance] platform and we quickly arranged a good time to meet for interview’.
Mark: ‘The process was easy, having given my email address, I received contact quickly and registered in my local area. Having been contacted about opportunities in some primary schools, I attended a meeting with the CEO of the a multi-academy trust’.
And your first impressions?
Mark: ‘Although it is early days for me as a governor, I already feel an attachment to the school, and the leadership team. It has been an eye opener from the start at how much goes on behind the scenes in our schools and how important the role of governor is in the process’.
How do you feel your skills from your job have helped you in your short time as a governor?
Mark: ‘I feel my own skills have helped me settle in quickly to the role and contribute in a positive way, influencing decisions on purchases of equipment and building projects within the school’.
Would you recommend becoming a governor to a friend?
Mark: ‘I would recommend anyone who wants to put something back to sign-up to become a governor especially from other businesses and sectors as your skills can have a real impact on the next generation and those beyond’.
We leave the last word to Lauren: ‘I can recommend the process to those looking to try something new’.
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