Becoming a Governor
The Governing Body is made up of four different types of governors:
Foundation governors (appointed by the Diocese)
Parent governors (who are parents at the school, elected by the parents)
Staff governor (elected by the staff)
Local Authority (LA) governor.
What does being a governor involve?
Our governors are appointed for a four-year term of office. Meetings and in-house training sessions are held at the school, mainly in the evenings and they are required to attend a sub-committee and a full governing board meeting each term.
We expect governors to come in sometimes during the school day, to find out more about how the school works. The role also involves working with other St Boniface governors, school staff and outside agencies on specific initiatives and projects. This includes asking you to be the 'link person' for a key area of our school improvement plan. This will mean spending some time each term in school understanding how that area is progressing.
We also expect all governors to devote some time to keeping abreast of national and local changes in education.
How do we support and train our governors?
New governors are given an in-school induction by the Chair of Governors at a time to suit and are required to attend training for new governors, provided by Wandsworth Borough Council Governor Services. Follow-up training can be tailored to your interests and matched to the needs of the governing board. All governors are provided with ongoing in-house training as part of our annual meeting schedule and we encourage attendance at some parts of the school’s professional development days.
Are governors paid?
While all governors give their time on a voluntary basis, reimbursement is available for travel costs incurred in attending meetings. We would also look to reimburse for specialist training courses as run by the National Governors Association or Local Authority, as approved by the Chair.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in a Foundation Governor role, please email your interest and qualifications to the current Chair (Luisa Eboweme).
The Chair and our St Boniface Parish Priest (currently Fr. Shaju Varkey) would arrange a time to meet and discuss the role and then pass their recommendations onto the Governing Board to vote when a position is available. We are always happy to hear from people who would like to join. Skill sets from all backgrounds are needed for good governance.
If you are a parent or carer who is interested in becoming a Parent Governor, please come and talk to the St Boniface school office.
When one of the current parent governors comes to the end of their term of office, the vacancy will be advertised to our wider community by Parentmail, through the Parish newsletter and here on the website.
Once a vacancy arises, if you would like to stand for election you will need to complete a nomination form which will ask for brief details plus a short paragraph about yourself that can be sent out to all parents to help them decide which parent to vote for. If no other parent stands against you, then you may be elected unopposed. When nominations have opened, a nomination form will be made available in this section of the website.
We have two elected parent governors.
How can I find out more information?
There is a wealth of information on the GOV.UK and NGA websites.
Please use this link to access the Government site and the search term ‘governor’. http://www.gov.uk
Please use this link to access. https://www.nga.org.uk/Home.aspx
If you are interested in finding out more about being a governor at St Boniface please don’t hesitate to contact our Chair of Governors, Luisa Eboweme via her school email address: firstname.lastname@example.org