Being a Governor is very rewarding...
Riverside School has a governing body that works with Miss Williams to make sure our school is running properly, that our children achieve well and that our school budget is used wisely so every child gets the best education possible.
There are different groups represented on our governing body, parents, the staff, the community and the local authority. You don’t have to be an education expert to be a governor at our school. It’s the range of experiences that governors bring to the job that make a great governing team. What you do need to have is an interest in education, energy and enthusiasm.
Being a school governor is a two-way street. Not only are you giving to the community, you’ll also be gaining new skills. It’s not a full-time job but it does require a regular commitment. Our full governing body meets three times a year, in the late afternoon for about two hours. Governors also sit on sub committees that deal with matters such as finance, staffing, curriculum and school environment. These meet three or four times a year. Governors are usually appointed for four years and are expected to get to know our school and the children by making regular visits, such as learning walks and going on visits with youngsters, and attending school events.
Governors are expected to take an active lead in their own development. Induction training is delivered at Gun Wharf, and a range of face-to-face or distance learning options are available which will equip you with the necessary competencies for effective governance.
Parent governors are elected from parents or carers of current Riverside Pupils. When a vacancy arises, nominations will be sought via the school newsletter.
Co-opted governors are appointed by the Trust board from the wider community. We currently have a vacancy for a co-opted governor and would welcome enquiries from people with the necessary drive and commitment.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, or finding out more, please contact our Chair of Governors (Tim Scott) or Parental Engagement Governor (Helen Maxwell) via the school office.
If you would like more information about being a governor, we recommend
The National Governors' Association website: http://www.nga.org.uk/Be-a-Governor.aspx
The DirectGov website: https://www.gov.uk/become-school-college-governor