Released: Thursday, 8 July 2021
People who have a desire to be involved and support their local school community are encouraged to consider becoming a school governor.
West Sussex County Council is now recruiting for this important and worthwhile role and positions are available throughout the county.
Governors are volunteers who support a school to be the best it can be. They champion all aspects of education, supporting the school to be inclusive of all, especially disadvantaged children and those with additional needs.
Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, said: “The standard of education across West Sussex continues to rise and we are looking for more volunteers to join school governing boards and help drive this forward.
“You don’t need to be an education expert or have formal qualifications. What you do need to have is some time to give, a willingness to listen, communicate and work with others to help a school be the best it can be for its pupils and staff.”
86 per cent of West Sussex schools are now rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted and West Sussex County Council is working with schools to continue this improvement.
Applications to become a school governor are welcomed. Those who are successful will have access to full training and support to equip you for your new role. Many of the skills you would develop are beneficial to work or personal life.
You will need to have the time to attend and contribute to full governing body meetings and committees as well as school events.
Some of our governors said:
“Being a governor is a privilege and a joy. Schools are all about ensuring children become life-long enthusiastic learners, providing our pupils with a rich and varied curriculum, and opportunities through which they can become confident and socially able young people and adults of the future. Every governor brings a range of personal experience and perspective with which we work cooperatively to support the school to facilitate achieving its mission. Children are at the heart of everything we do! I highly recommend it.”
Helen - Chair of governors
“I would say governance is not for the faint-hearted or time-poor. It requires energy, time, persistence and integrity (amongst other qualities). Just as schools need good leaders, so they need good governors, effective and not settling for second best when it comes to children’s education. Children only get one education – so we need governors to help our schools make it the best it can be. For every child.”
Chris - Chair of governors