School Governor

voluntary and unpaid appointment
03 Sep 2020
31 Aug 2021
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School Governor

Voluntary Position

City of Wolverhampton Council

Various Schools

Terms and Conditions of Service:

Appointment status: This is a fixed term appointment for four years from the date of appointment

Hours: This will vary with the cycle of the school year, but it is anticipated to equate to approximately 1 day per half term, including both school time and evening engagements (subject to agreement in advance). The hours will likely be split into several activities across the period.

Salary: This is a voluntary and unpaid appointment

Role Summary:

Being a school governor is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.

Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has repeatedly noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.

The Governing Board has three key roles:

1. To set the strategic direction of the school

2. To hold the Headteacher account for the educational performance of pupils

3. To oversee the financial effectiveness of the school, making sure the money is well spent

Anyone aged over 18 can be a governor and you do not need to be a parent. There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education. Schools needs and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their governing board including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, and organisational change.

As a Governor, you will be able to:

• Use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations

• Develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment • Make a valuable contribution to education and your community • Support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff • Bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights in to decision-making in the interests of the school community.

The City of Wolverhampton Council currently have several School Governor positions for which we are recruiting including roles in primary schools, nursery schools, secondary schools, and in special schools.

For more information, or to apply to be a Governor, please contact

For applications please include the following details: Your Name Your Address Your Email Address Your Occupation Name of employer.

Have you been a Governor before? If so, where?

What would make you an effective Governor?

One reference who you have known for a minimum of 2 years, including their name, occupation, email address and the capacity in which you know them.

City of Wolverhampton Council are committed to representing Wolverhampton’s diverse community and therefore strongly encourage applications from all applicants meeting the essential criteria. The council operates a guaranteed interview policy for disabled candidates, those who have previously been under our care and are over the age of 25 and veterans who have served in the military, where it is evidenced that the essential criteria of the post are met.

Our application system is anonymous, this means recruitment interview panel members will not receive details of your name or date of birth unless you are invited to attend an interview. We are not able to hide personal information from any attachments that you upload so we request that you remove your name, date of birth and any personal information from any supporting documentation. The shortlisting panel will receive your candidate pack in full (including any attachments) showing your candidate number. If you are invited to attend an interview, panel members will be provided with your name.

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