Could you be a school governor?

Westbury Leigh CofE are looking for school governors to support their school community.

Head Teacher Debbie Grimsey writes:

We are writing to introduce ourselves as your local school. Here at Westbury Leigh Church of England Primary school we provide a quality education to the children and families living in Westbury Leigh and we are proud to serve this vibrant community.

As a larger than average school, we work in a productive and systematic way to drive forward improvements and seek to be the best we can be.  Our vision is to inspire children to dream big, aspire to be the best version of themselves, through support and challenge we enable them to achieve this. 

Governors perform the most important voluntary role in education, and a full and diverse governing body is a source of enormous strength to a school.

School governance is also one of the most beneficial and rewarding volunteering opportunities, helping to develop an essential range of skills which benefits themselves, the school and their employer. This includes:

  • Developing leadership skills
  • Improved influencing and negotiations skills
  • Improved team working skills
  • An opportunity to develop a fresh perspective on working practices resulting in increased levels of motivation, morale, job satisfaction, innovation and commitment

Further information can be found at: https://www.nga.org.uk/Governance-Recruitment/Be-a-school-governor-or-trustee.aspx

The average time commitment is five to eight hours per month, although it will vary depending on the needs of the school and the role. This includes meetings, background reading and school visits. As well as full governing board meetings, many schools have various committees and governors are also encouraged to support the school in an area of their expertise; this might be business, finance, HR, health and safety as well as overseeing the quality of education delivered and ensuring this is consistently in line with national averages or better.  We work with a range of different backgrounds and everyone contributes in the best way that suits their own personal situation.   

Governing bodies rely on a variety of experiences and perspectives. No prior knowledge is required. Training and support is available for new and existing governors through Wiltshire Governor Services.

Your local school needs you.  Please give serious consideration to what you can offer to the school and our community to bring out the best in us.

Please contact our Clerk Sarah Andrews clerk@westburyleigh.wilts.sch.uk for more information on how to join us. Our Vice-chair of governors Allison Murray amurray@westburyleigh.wilts.sch.uk will be happy to share her experiences with you of what it is like to be a governor at our school.

Down load the information booklet here.

2 Comments

  1. LYN ADEY

    At the moment i am self isolating until 8th August,I would be delighted to help the school.
    I am retired aged 63 years old, i have 3 grown up children and 7 grandchildren.
    I have always been interested in children they are our future.I feel i have the time now to become involved.
    i have been checked but i am happy to have this again.

    • Hi Lyn
      You will need to contact the School Clerk Sarah Andrews on the email address clerk@westburyleigh.wilts.sch.uk and let them know directly as the appeal is from them.
      I will also let Revd Rebecca Harris know that you have expressed an interest.
      Many thanks for your offer
      Beth Thomas, Churchwarden

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