Ravenor Primary School Governing Body

Within this section of the School Website you will find information about the School’s Governing Body and an introduction to the team of enthusiastic Governors who support our School. You will also be able to learn a little about the different types of Governors and the role that School Governors undertake.

What is a School Governor

School Governors are drawn from all walks of life and as you will see in this section of the website there are various types of Governors. The first question to ask yourself is, “Are you interested in the education, welfare and opportunities provided for children and young people?”

If the answer to the first question is, “Yes”, then have you got enthusiasm and time to spare? If so, you could consider volunteering as a school governor.

Governors give their service voluntarily and no formal qualifications are necessary although there are eligibility criteria.

Governors are ordinary people, aged over 18, with a special commitment to the education and wellbeing of children.

Terms of office will be a minimum of one to a maximum of four years.

There are typically four types of Governors:

  • Parent Governors
  • Community Governors
  • Local Authority Governors
  • Staff Governors
  • Parent Governors

Parent governors

As the title implies, Parent governors are drawn from Parents or Guardians of Children at the School. Parent Governors normally serve for a period of 4 years and are elected by the Parents or Carers / Guardians of Children at the School.

From time to time the school will send home a letter notifying parents that there is a vacancy for a Parent Governor, and seeking nominations. If there are more nominations than there are vacancies, then there will be a ballot at which point all of the parents get to vote for the candidate of their choice.

As a Parent Governor, elected by parents, the role of the Parent Governor is to bring a parental perspective to the Governing Bodies decision making rather than represent the parental constituency.

Local Authority Governors

Within the London Borough of Ealing, Local Authority governors are appointed by the political parties represented on the Council. The overall number allocated to each political party is proportionate to their level of representation on the Council.

Staff Governors

Staff governors would normally fall into two categories, firstly Teaching Staff, and secondly Support Staff. Staff Governors are elected by teaching and support staff who are paid to work at the school. This category will also include a reserved place for the Headteacher.

Community Governors

Community Governors are as the title implies people from the local community elected by the governing body. You will not find this category of governor on voluntary aided (religious) school governing bodies. No person is permitted to be a Community Governor in a School where they are employed. Also, anyone who is an elected member of the Local Authority is not eligible to be a community governor.

If you would like to find out more about being a Community Governor, either at this School or another then contact the –

School Governance Unit on 020 8825 5444

The School Governance Unit will be able to tell you of Schools who are looking for Community Governors. It will be helpful when making contact to provide some brief background information, including:

Your reasons for wishing to become a school governor. Whether you have any particular skills and / or knowledge which you could bring to a governing body for example:

  • Financial
  • Building Works
  • Health and Safety
  • Management
  • Legal
  • Human Resources

The Governing Body will need to establish that you are either a local resident or have an involvement in the community served by the school. If not, it is always helpful to explain your interest in that particular part of the borough.

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