Schools need governors

  • Do you have skills and commitment to contribute to raising standards?
  • Are you interested in education?
  • Do you have the time to spare to attend meetings, training and events usually in the evening?
  • Do you want to put something back into the local community?

If the answer is yes then read on

Governors in Merton

There are over 600 volunteers who are serving as school governors in Merton schools. Governors, working together in a team, can make a real difference to educational standards. Would you like to play a part in contributing to the education service in Merton?

Who can be a governor?

Governing bodies are made up of parents, school staff, persons appointed by the Local Authority, the Diocese for church schools and members of the local and wider community. Anyone over the age of 18 can be a governor, subject to some exceptions. Governors come from all walks of life and different backgrounds and possess the skills required to contribute to effective governance and the success of schools. We want our governing bodies to reflect our community and we would encourage people from all sections of the community, especially the ethnic minority communities, to put themselves forward.

Do governors need any formal qualifications?

Governors do not need any formal qualifications - having appropriate relevant skills and experience, an interest in education, a commitment to prepare for and attend meetings, conduct school visits and attend training are as important.

How much time will it take?

The minimum time commitment is 10-15 hours per term. This may vary from school to school so please discuss the level of commitment with the prospective school to ensure you have the time to dedicate to this key role.  This includes meetings, background reading, school visits and training.

Yes I'm interested - what should I do now?

If you are a parent of a child at a school you should contact the school and explain that you are interested in becoming a governor and they will inform you of any vacancies. Schools must inform all parents of vacancies for parent governors and conduct an election.

If you are not a parent you may still contact a school direct or register your interest with the Governors for Schools, who will liaise with the schools and local authority and advise you when a suitable skills match is identified with a school.

If you require any further informaton please contact the Governor Support Service.

Contact us

Merton and Sutton Governor Support Service
Children, Schools and Families
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5DX

Tel: 020 8545 3307 / 3118 / 3923
Fax: 020 8545 3260
Email: governor.support@merton.gov.uk