26 February 2013

Northamptonshire County Council is looking for local people to join Britain's largest volunteer force by becoming school governors.

The council is currently recruiting school governors to fill vacancies in schools across the county.

School governors have an important part to play in raising school standards by working with the head teacher and senior management to focus strategically on raising standards of achievement for all pupils at the school, for setting the budget and for overseeing the curriculum.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said: “School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Becoming a governor is a real opportunity to get heavily involved in the management of a school and to raise education standards.

“As well as setting the strategic direction, governors evaluate and challenge the school’s performance to make sure it’s heading in the right direction.

“Governors represent people from all walks of life. Anyone can become a school governor. You don’t need teaching experience and you don’t need special qualifications.”

Tim Pack, chair of governors at Tennyson Road Infant School in Rushden, said: “The rewards of being a governor are in knowing that you’re working for a greater good. You have the opportunity to influence and lead on policies that give all the children at the school the best start in life. It’s very rewarding to see children who start school with poor educational levels going through and achieving to the best of their abilities."

School governors have to be aged 18 or over and there is no upper age limit. Training and support is available.

To find out more, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/becomeagovernor