How to Become a Governor

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All governors are unpaid volunteers who give their time and enthusiasm freely.  If you have an interest in children’s education and welfare you could become a school governor.  Governors are drawn from all walks of life and no formal qualifications are necessary.  As long as you meet the eligibility criteria described in the next two pages, can provide skills that would help the Governing Body in its work and have the time to use your skills, we would be pleased for you to register your interest in becoming a Grange governor.

At Grange, we have 4 types of governor drawn from different parts of the community.  This helps to ensure the Governing Body has diversity of views and experience.  Governors from each category bring their group’s perspective to the Governing Body although this does not mean that they represent that group on the Governing Body.  Altogether, Grange has 13 governor positions.

Governors serve for a period of 4 years and at the end of their term can stand for re-election or be re-appointed.  The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected by the Governing Body on an annual basis at the first Full Governing Body meeting of the academic year.  The 4 types of governors are described below. 

 

Staff governors

Grange Governing Body has one staff governor who is paid to work at the school and they are elected by the school staff.  At the end of their 4 year term of office, staff governors can put themselves forward for re-election by the staff.  In addition, the Head teacher is an ex officio member of the Governing Body – there because he is the Head teacher.

 

Parent governors

Grange Governing Body has 2 elected parent governors who are elected by parents and carers of children at the school.  When a vacancy for an elected parent governor arises, the school will send a letter home letting parents/carers know of the vacancy and asking parents/carers to nominate themselves or other parents/carers for the role.  If there are more nominations than vacancies, there will be a ballot when all parents/carers will be asked to vote for the candidate of their choice. At the end of their 4 year term of office, elected parent governors can put themselves forward for re-election by parents and carers. 

Co-opted governors

Co-opted governors are drawn from the local community and appointed by the Governing Body. Grange Governing Body has 8 co-opted governors. At the end of their 4 year term of office, co-opted governors can be re-appointed by the Governing Body. If you would like to find out more about becoming a co-opted governor at Grange, contact our Chair of Governors, Jo Winters, via the school office or by emailing chair-governor@grange.ealing.sch.uk

 

It would be helpful when making contact with the Chair of Governors to provide brief background information about your reasons for wishing to be a governor at Grange. This should include any particular knowledge and skills you could bring to the role in areas such as finance, health & safety, safeguarding, premises management, law, human resources, policy formulation & implementation, data analysis and education. The Governing Body will also need to establish that you are either a local resident or have an involvement in the community served by the school or that you have suitable reasons for your interest in Grange and its surrounding area. Note, parents of children in the school can become co-opted governors provided they bring essential knowledge and skills to the Governing Body and that fewer than half of the school's total governors have children attending the school. Finally, we will request a copy of your CV.

 

Local Authority governors

Grange Governing Body has one Local Authority (LA) governor who is nominated by the political parties represented on Ealing Council.  At the end of their 4 year term of office, LA governors can either be re-appointed by the LA or a new LA governor is nominated. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Local Authority governor contact Ealing School Workforce and Governance Development governors@ealing.gov.uk or 020 8825 5444.

 

Qualifications and disqualifications for being a school governor

The following summarises the qualification and disqualification regulations which can be seen in full in the DfE constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools September 2016.

A governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of their election or appointment, unless they are an associate member.  

 A registered pupil of the school cannot be a governor, unless they are an associate member.

A person is disqualified from being a governor or associate member of a particular school if he/she:

  • has failed to attend the meetings of the governing body of that school for a continuous period of six months, beginning with the date of the first meeting they failed to attend, without the consent of the governing body (this does not apply to the Head teacher or a foundation governor who is appointed by virtue of their office (ex officio governors)*;
  • is subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order, an interim bankruptcy restrictions or an interim bankruptcy restrictions order, a debt relief restrictions order, an interim debt relief restrictions order; or their estate has been sequestrated and the sequestration order has not been discharged, annulled or reduced;
  • is subject to a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986; a disqualification order under the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 2002; a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002; or an order made under Section 429(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under a County Court administration order);
  • has been removed from the office of trustee for a charity by an order made by the Charity Commission or Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of the charity; or under Section 34 of the Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 from participating in the management or control of any body;
  • is included in the list of people considered by the Secretary of State as unsuitable to work with children or young people;
  • is barred from any regulated activity relating to children;
  • is subject to a direction of the Secretary of State under section 142 of the Education Act 2002 or section 128 of the Education and Skills Act 2008;
  • is disqualified from working with children or from registering for childminding or providing day care;
  • is disqualified from being an independent school proprietor, teacher or employee by the Secretary of State;
  • is subject to certain exceptions for overseas offences that do not correlate with a UK offence, have been sentenced to three months or more in prison (without the option of a fine) in the five years ending with the date preceding the date of appointment/election as a governor or since becoming a governor;
  • is subject to certain exceptions for overseas offences that do not correlate with a UK offence, has received a prison sentence of two and a half years or more in the 20 years ending with the date preceding the date of appointment/election as a governor;
  • is subject to certain exceptions for overseas offences that do not correlate with a UK offence, has at any time received a prison sentence of five years or more;
  • has been convicted and fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school or educational premises during the five years ending with the date immediately preceding appointment/election or since appointment or election as a governor;
  • refuses a request by the clerk (or others) to make an application to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a criminal records certificate (DBS check). 

 

* A foundation, local authority, co-opted or partnership governor at the school who is disqualified for failing to attend meetings is only disqualified from being a governor of any category at the school during the twelve month period starting on the date on which they were disqualified.