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How to become a school governor

Applying to be a Governor

School Governor Application

Thank you for choosing to apply to become a school governor. Before you get started filling out the form, please take time to read what will be expected of you once you are appointed at a school:

  • Attendance at full Governing Body meetings. Most Governing Bodies meet either once or twice a term.
  • Membership of at least one committee. It is through committee membership that you will be able to contribute fully to the work of the Governing Body. Committees usually meet once or twice a term.
  • You should try and arrange to visit the school during the day at least once a year.
  • You should be prepared to go on training (this would be at no cost to yourself).
  • Most governors spend 6-8 hours per school month on their governor duties.

Who can serve as a School Governor?

Please note that an ISA First check will be carried out with an Independent Safeguarding Authority to make sure you are not disqualified from working with children and young people.

School governance law also requires you to declare that you are not disqualified from being a school governor by any of the conditions set out below.

Under The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2003 a governor must:

  • be aged 18 or over at the time of his/her election or appointment;
  • not be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983;
  • not be subject to a bankruptcy restriction order or an interim order;
  • not have his or her estate sequestrated and the sequestration order has not been discharged, annulled or reduced;
  • not be subject to a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Act 1986, a disqualification order under Part 2 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989, a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, or an order made under Section 492(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under county court administration order);
  • not have been removed from the office of trustee for a charity by the Charity Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement, or removed under Section 7 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 from being concerned in the management or control of any body;
  • not be disqualified from working with children;
  • not be included in the list of teachers or workers prohibited or restricted from working with children or young people;
  • not be disqualified from being an independent school proprietor, teacher or employee by the Secretary of State;
  • not have been sentenced to 3 months or more in prison (without the option of a fine) in the 5 years before becoming a governor;
  • not have received a prison sentence of 2 and a half years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor;
  • not have at any time received a prison sentence of 5 years or more;
  • not have been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the 5 years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor.

Application forms are avaible from the Bucks County Council website, link below.

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