If you are over 18 you can be a Governor. You do not have to be a parent with a child in the school. However there are some exceptions and full details are available from the school on application.
If you are interested in becoming a Governor, speak to the current Chair of Governors. When there is a vacancy for a Parent Governor, this will be advertised and you will be able to stand for nomination.
Governors give varying amounts of time depending on their other professional and personal commitments. Different Governors contribute in different ways. However you do need to be prepared to be active in the role and to attend meetings.
Governors are not paid but they may be reimbursed for expenses, such as travel costs.
Under section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 employers must give any employees serving as a governor reasonable time so that they are able to carry out their governor duties. The Employer can decide whether this is paid or unpaid.
The minimum number of Governors is seven and the maximum is 20. The number of Governors depends on the size and type of the school.
Governors are appointed for a period of four years, with the exception of the Headteacher who is automatically a Governor. Governors may be re-elected at the end of the four years.
Training courses available include the following:
In addition training can be tailor-made to fit needs.
The Cornwall Governor Network also provides support.
The Cornwall Governor Network meetings give Governors the opportunity to meet Governors from other schools and to network and to share ideas and best practice. Meetings are often led by a speaker on a topical issue of interest. Each network is led by a Governor Network Lead who organises the meeting and Chairs it.