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Becoming a Governor


The Governing Body of Beechwood School warmly welcomes applications from anyone who is interested in becoming a School Governor.  There are no special requirements but we would like to hear from people who can bring their professional expertise e.g. marketing / financial / HR to the Governing Body or from people who just would like to volunteer to join a Governing Body that has experience in working in partnership with the School's Leadership Team / Teachers/ Staff / Pupils and Parents to enable Beechwood School to become the truly outstanding school it is working towards.  Brief Q&As are listed below.  For further information, please contact the Clerk to the Governors on the Governors' Home Page or visit the National Governors' Association website:

I’m not a parent

You don’t need to have children or be a parent of a child at the school to become a School Governor.

Time Commitment

The average time commitment is 10-15 hours per term. This includes meetings, background reading and school visits.

School Governors are like magistrates or members of a jury and therefore have a right to reasonable time off work for their public duties (this may be unpaid). Check with your H.R. department for your company’s policy.

Term of Office

School Governors have a term of office of four years. However, as a volunteer you can resign at any time if your circumstances change.


Governing bodies rely on a variety of experiences and perspectives. No prior knowledge is required. Training and support is available for new and existing governors and is free of charge.

Different types of Governor

Governing bodies have representatives of school staff, the local authority, parents and members of the community. Despite representing different groups, all governors have exactly the same role and voting rights. If you are confused by any of the terminology we are always on hand to explain in more detail and help you understand your role.

The Legal Stuff

Responsibility for actions and decisions lies with the governing body as a whole and not with individual members.