Governor Services has a book of 'model' policies which we have found to be very helpful. You may borrow this resource, free of charge, from our reference library by contacting Emma Armstrong on (01582) 548221 or email
Please use the link below to our information leaflet 'Governor visits'.
8. Extended schools: What does it mean for governors?
Governors have a key role to play in developing extended services in schools. They are equal partners with headteachers and senior management teams in providing the vision, strategy and direction of the school.
Governors will want to ensure that extended services are developed and are integral to the school s improvement plan and the changes to teachers conditions of service arising from the National Agreement. For many schools this will involve new types of partnership working.
9. How do I find out about becoming a school governor?
If you wish to know more about becoming a school governor and the roles and responsibilities, click here to read our information leaflet 'What a school governor looks like'.
**Link to leaflet**
If you wish to apply to become a school governor please complete our prospective governor form and return to Emma Armstrong, Governor Services, The Leagrave Centre, Strangers Way, Luton, LU4 9ND. Alternatively, please telephone Yvonne on (01582) 548221 for an informal chat.
10. When do I need to renew Governor Pecuniary Interest forms?
Annually; your clerk will usually ask you to complete a pecuniary interest form at the first meeting of the Autumn term, when the election of chair and vice chair is carried out. Also, when a new governor is elected or appointed, the clerk will ensure they complete a form.
These forms should be kept in a register in the school office, as both auditors and HMI will ask to see it.
11. When I have a parent governor vacancy, do I have to send out nomination papers to all parents?
Yes, the headteacher should inform all parents of a forthcoming election, as soon as possible after the vacancy arises. Don't forget that parents are not eligible to become parent governors if, at the time of the election, they work for more than 500 hours in the school or are an elected member of the borough council.
Once the election has been completed, all parents of registered pupils should be informed of the result by letter, newsletter and by notices posted up in the school.
Governor Services have prepared various pro-forma which will assist with this process. These are currently available by email. Please contact Emma Armstrong, Governor Support Officer, (01582) 548221 for further details and/or advice.
Please click here for information on the role of a parent governor.
**Link to the 'the role of parent governor'.
12. What happens to governors appointed outside reconstitution but after 1 September 2003 under the new regulations?
These governors terms of office will end on the date of the reconstitution and they will, therefore, have to be re-elected (in the case of parent, staff and community governors) or re-appointed (in the case of LEA and foundation governors).
Don't forget to send your new Instrument of Governance to Governor Services who will check the new ratios and arrange for the final sealing to take place.
13. Are governors vetted?
At present, the local authority checks both new and re-appointed governors against the 'Children’s Barred List' (formerly List 99). This is a national list of people who are prohibited from working with children. In voluntary aided schools the appointing religious body carry out these checks.
There is also a listing of disqualifications which governors must read and sign before they can be appointed or re-appointed to a governing body. This is known as a declaration form.