How to become a Governor

Do you want to be a Governor at Millfields?

Governors are recruited from a wide variety of backgrounds; principally from our local community and parents. It is a rewarding role but does require commitment to give up time during the day to come into the school and attend evening meetings.

Governors are required to attend at least one training session a year, and will also be members of at least one committee, so are likely to have 2 evening meetings each term. The normal term of office is 4 years.

The regulations for governing bodies are currently changing, so that they are smaller and more business-like. It is now a requirement that all appointed governors have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and the success of the school. This includes personal attributes, qualities and capabilities, such as the ability and willingness to learn and develop new skills. In recruiting partnership governors or electing parent governors, we will be looking for these skills. 

Governors need a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children, the inquisitiveness to question and analyse, and the willingness to learn. They need good inter-personal skills, appropriate levels of literacy in English, and sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data. 

Some of the roles require include expertise and experience in analysing performance data, budgeting and driving financial efficiency, and in performance management and employment issues. We look to recruit and develop governors with the skills to work constructively in committees, chair meetings and to potentially lead the governing body. 

In addition we may have a project where we require specific expertise and we can co-opt governors or invite “associate members” to join committees.

Vacancies arise from time to time, so if you would like to be a governor, please have a look at the Essex County Council Website and leave your contact details and a short CV outlining any specific skills or expertise you feel would benefit the school with the school office or e-mail it to admin@millfields.essex.sch.uk

Nick White

Chair of Governors