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Our Governors


Govenors (ID 1080)

  • Neal Taylor
  • Millie Brook
  • Andrew Lupton
    Parent Governor
  • Nicola Upsall
    Co-opted Governor
  • Ruth Petzold
    Co-opted Governor
  • Pauline Varnals
    Co-opted Governor
  • Nasheen Wuisman
    Co-opted Governor
  • Annie Radley
    Staff Governor
  • Andrea Denby
    LA Governor
  • Christina Smith
    Co-opted Governor


Attendance Record 22/23

Governor Roles and Interests Sept 23

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Have you ever wondered what school governors do?

Across the city there are thousands of members of our community helping to support school leadership teams by volunteering their time and expertise as school governors - but what is it about the role which encourages so many committed volunteers to apply?

Making a difference

All schools have a governing board, that provides strategic leadership. It is responsible for the strategic vision, driving up standards and ensuring money is well spent. Being a school governor is a fantastic opportunity to have an impact on education and positively influence children’s lives.

Use and develop your skills

As well as becoming more involved with your community, school governors develop a range of both new and existing
skills. You do not need to be a parent or have worked in education to be a governor, as a wide range of skills are needed on a Board. These include finance, H.R., buildings, health and safety, legal, complaints, data analysis, project management etc. Or it could be softer skills like working as a team to come to a vital decision. Being a governor is an opportunity to develop your skills. A wide range of training is also available from the Local Authority.

Improve your knowledge about the education sector

As a new school governor, you are not expected to come with a working knowledge of the education sector. This role will allow you will gain a fascinating insight into how schools work and how the education sector is changing and continues to change. You are guaranteed to gain a further appreciation of the work of teachers and school leaders as well as the type of challenges schools face.

It’s a challenge

There’s no denying that being a school governor is a challenge, but that’s a good thing - because it’s important. It may be that you are putting your professional skills to use in a new context or getting to grips with a whole new sector, but most governors find this very rewarding. The fact that the role is so enjoyable is probably one of the main reasons why there are so many governors giving up their time to help.

What qualities make an effective governor?

  • a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children
  • the inquisitiveness to question and analyse
  • the willingness to learn
  • good inter-personal skills
  • appropriate levels of literacy in English (unless a governing body is prepared to make special arrangements)
  • sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data
  • willingness to attend appropriate training

Types of governors

There are many different categories of governors depending on how they were elected or appointed and the category of school or academy. The most common include; · Co-opted – appointed by the Board and the most common type.

  • Parent – elected by the parents
  • Staff – elected by the staff
  • Foundation – appointed by the Diocese/ Trust
  • Local authority - nominated by the local authority and appointed by the board

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 body.

What is the time commitment?

The average is 10-15 hours per term; this includes attending meetings, background reading and school visits. Governors are expected to take an interest in the life of the school, to attend some of its events during the academic year and to see something of the school at work.

Being a governor is a public duty and governors have a right to reasonable time off work, although this may be without pay. You should look at your company’s policy to see what entitlement you have.