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January 18th, 2018

King’s Sutton Primary Academy is currently looking for two new community governors to join its governing body: 

  1. Someone who has an interest and/or skills in finance or accountancy  to join its finance committee

  2. Someone who has an interest in the educational curriculum and how it is taught to the school’s children to join the curriculum committee

Who can become a school governor?

All types of people can become school governors. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed. Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don't need to have a child at the school. Many schools would particularly welcome new governors who have transferable skills developed at work, or who have a particularly good understanding of the community served by the school.
What do School Governors do?

The governing body of a school is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher

The governing body is made up of:

  • Parent governors (elected by parents)
  • Staff representatives (elected by school staff)
  • Community governors (members of the local community appointed by the governing body)

What would be involved?

Governing bodies make decisions based on the advice of committees that deal with specific issues, such as the school’s curriculum, premises or finances. If you become a Ggovernor, you will be asked to serve on a committee where you have an interest or can make a contribution. The amount of time involved for each governor varies between schools. However, in a typical month in a typical school, you can expect to spend at least six to eight hours on your duties. 

Find out more 

Being a governor is a serious commitment, but it can be very rewarding. Find out more about the benefits of becoming a school governor on the School Governors’ One Stop Shop website here.  
Click here to find out more about the job description of a school governor. 

Tha chair of governors at King’s Sutton Primary Academy, Lisa Cavanagh, would be happy to discuss any questions you may have. You can contact her by email at the link below 
Lisa Cavanagh

The Office of the Governing Body
King’s Sutton Primary Academy
Richmond Street
King’s Sutton
OX17 3RT
 01295 811289

Click here to contact Lisa Cavanagh by email.

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