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Abbey Primary School

A caring, sharing, achieving school, putting the child at the heart of everything we do.

Becoming a Governor

Would you like to become a school governor?



Would you like to play a more active role in the life of our school? We currently have vacancies for new member on our governing board. 


Being a governor is a voluntary role.  Our governors have a real part to play in making our school successful and supporting our children by putting them at the heart of everything we do.  No special qualifications are needed; the most important thing is to want to support the school and to be prepared to play an active part in the work of the governing board. 


What do governors do?

Governors support the school in achieving the best outcomes for all our pupils.  They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.  Governors usually take one or more 'link governor' roles, focusing on particular areas of school life on behalf of the whole board. 

How much time does it involve?

The average time commitment is about four hours per month but it does vary from month to month.  Typically, this includes:

  • Preparing for and attending meetings.  We meet 4 times a year, usually on an evening from 5:30pm to approximately 7:30pm.  Before meetings, there are some documents that will need reading such as policies and reports.    
  • Taking part in occasional school visits and meetings with teachers during the school day and writing up brief notes to report back. 
  • Supporting some of the school's activities in an informal way to get to know the school

Is any training needed?

You don't need any specific training to be a governor.  However, you will be expected to take part in some induction training to help you understand your role and develop your knowledge and skills.  There is also some essential training every year, including safeguarding and data protection. 


How long will my role last?

The term of office for a governor is four years. You can resign before your term is finished.   


Applications & more information

If you would like some more information about becoming a governor and what it involves, please contact our Chair of Governors, Mr Martyn Bowler ( or the Headteacher, Mr Neil Harris to discuss.