What does a school governor do?
Governors are responsible for overseeing the management side of a school: strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing. They enable their school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside senior leaders and supporting teachers to provide excellent education to children. Being a school governor is a commitment to attending governing body meetings which consider issues such as setting the school vision, mitigating financial risk and scrutinising educational outcomes. They are also involved in the school community, acting as critical friends to the headteacher and senior leaders. Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives to the governing board and schools benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers.
Co - Chair of Governors
My name is Jaspal Gill, and I am proud to have been a Governor since 2013 and currently hold the position of Chair of Governing Body at North Primary School. I have lived in the area for over 40 years, and both my children and I attended local schools.
I first became involved with North Primary School when my elder son began there in 2005, followed by my younger son and daughter years later. I became a governor as I have always been very interested in education and young people. I work in partnership with various Local Authority Services including the Ealing Children’s Safeguarding Board.
I believe our children have the right to the best education, that they enjoy learning and grow to live and work in the community to inspire others. As Chair, I work closely with the Headteacher to ensure the school is performing well. The Governors make sure the Head, teachers and support staff work together to fulfil the vision for the school to educate and inspire our pupils. I aim to be able to make a positive contribution to the school and every child’s education and with the Governing Board play an active role in helping the school to go from strength to strength.
Co-Chair of Governors, Parent Governor since December 2017
I have been living in Southall since 2004 and I am a mother of two. My eldest son is in Year 5 and my youngest is in Year 1. I have a degree in Computer Science and have been working at PwC as an IT Service Manager since 2002.
I decided to become a Governor at North Primary School because just like every other parent, I want the best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident and become the very best they can be. The hope is that in my own way I can make a positive contribution to the school so it can continue to remain successful and go from strength to strength.
Away from work, I am passionate about health and wellbeing, I have travelled extensively and my dream is to continue to explore the world but what I enjoy the most is spending time with my children and having new adventures with them.
Co-opted Governor since October 2019, Senior Deputy Headteacher VHS
I started my teaching career in South Wales in 2007 and have subsequently taken up posts in Essex and London. I was appointed at Villiers High School in 2017, where I am currently the Senior Deputy Headteacher. I have thoroughly enjoyed my work in a variety of different schools, but none more so than my current post in which I have been lucky enough to play a part of the school’s move from Ofsted “Good” to “Outstanding” in every category in July 2019. I have always enjoyed working with Primary schools on transition work (moving from year 5 and 6 into secondary school) and sharing resources, particularly in my specialist field of Modern Foreign Languages and look forward to getting to know the pupils, parents and staff at the wonderful North Primary. Since completing my M.A. in Educational Leadership and Management, I have continued to read large amounts of educational research and am looking forward to sharing my understanding and experience with the Governing Body of North for the benefit of the pupils it serves. I have lived in Ealing for just over a year and enjoy playing the Double Bass and running in my spare time.
Staff Governor since October 2019, Acting Deputy Headteacher
As staff governor at North Primary, I am keen to provide challenge and support to the headteacher to ensure that our school continues to improve for our children. I have taught in Ealing since 2013 but started my career as a music teacher in a deprived area of Elephant and Castle. I joined the governing body in October 2019 and have found it to be a great way to engage with different people from across our local community. It has also given me the opportunity to be a champion for the great work that our teachers are doing at North.
North Primary is a unique and exciting school to lead. We have a really dedicated governing body who love to come and see the school in action, taking part in learning walks to see the progress of our school improvement plan, they make an active contribution to the progress towards our vision and hold us to account closely.
This is my third Headship, I am Senior Partner of Challenge Partners, an advanced Olevi coach and a Get Ahead London Coach.
Clerk to the Governors
Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing board.
There's no set process to follow when doing this. Your board can decide how you select and appoint co-opted governors, based on the relevance of their skills and experience to the needs of the school, although:
You must agree and record your decision to appoint the governor in the minutes at a quorate full governing board meeting
You must give written notice of the appointment to the clerk, telling the clerk the name and address of the person nominated or appointed
Co-opted governors can be automatically re-appointed if the governing board agrees. Note this in the minutes if you do so.
Local authority (LA) governors are nominated by the LA but appointed by the governing board.
LAs can nominate any eligible person to a governing board as an LA governor, but your board can reject the LA's nomination if you decide the nominee doesn't have the skills you need.
Re-appointment as an LA governor is not automatic. It's for the governing board to decide whether to reappoint them.
Parent governors are only appointed if the governing board can't fill the vacancies through parent governor elections.
As with co-opted governors, you must record your decision to appoint a parent governor in the minutes at a quorate full governing board meeting.
Parent governors cannot be re-appointed, unless there has been an election and there are not enough candidates to fill the places. Any existing parent governor (whether originally elected or appointed) must stand for re-election if they wish to continue after their term of office expires.
If you want a staff member on your board who hasn't been elected, you can appoint them as a co-opted governors, as long as the number of staff members on the governing board is not be more than 1/3 of the total membership of the governing board (when counted with the staff governor and the headteacher).
Staff governors can't be re-appointed. They must stand for re-election if they wish to continue after their term of office expires.
Associate members aren't technically governors, but you still need to formally appoint them to your board.
Before appointing them, your board should determine:
The associate member's term of office
The committees that they'll sit on
Whether they can attend full governing board meetings
Whether they should have voting rights on committees
These decisions should be recorded in your minutes. The full governing board should then vote to decide whether to accept them.