What is a school Governor?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors – together they’re called the ‘governing board‘. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.

Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support headteachers, but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.

Who can be a Governor?

Anyone over 18 can be a school governor – you don’t have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school.
The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience, but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life. It can also be time-consuming – for example, if your school has to apply ‘special measures’, which are set by Ofsted, to make general improvements.

What does the role involve?

How do I become a school governor?

At most schools you’ll need to attend a governors’ meeting each half term. You’ll also be expected to join one or two sub-committees – these cover different areas like the curriculum, finance or buildings. You’ll need to be able to work well in a team, as you’ll be making joint decisions on policy.

Demands on your time depend partly on how the school is doing generally. Being a governor will be a busy role if the school’s results are getting worse or it’s going through a big change like appointing a new head Teacheror joining with another school.

As a governor you may need to work ten to twenty days a year, assuming your school is in a reasonable position. The top end of this equates to about half a day a week.


If you’re interested in becoming a governor, talk to the current chair of governors who leads the board. When there’s a vacancy for a parent governor all parents will be informed, and you’ll have a chance to stand for election.

Before you put yourself forward, talk to your employer. Many employers recognise the role of school governor as useful work experience and may offer paid leave for governor duties.

Current vacancies

1 x Co-opted Governor

If you are interested in becoming a school Governor, please contact the school reception staff and leave your details. We are looking for someone with Legal or HR related skills and background. If you are interested in the role, please consider if you can commit to the amount of time needed to fulfil the duties. You can except this to be between 10-20 days a year, which equates to 1/4 -1/2 a day a week in school term time.

As a governor you may need to work ten to twenty days a year, assuming your school is in a reasonable position. The top end of this equates to about half a day a week.


The Governors

Mr L Elliott

Co-opted Governor, Chair, member of Resources and Premises committees

30/11/2014 - 01/09/2019

Mr R Horton

Head Teacher, member of TLPS, Resources and Premises committees


Cllr S Golton

Local Authority Governor, member of TLPS committee

01/09/2010 - 01/09/2018

Mrs M Thurman-Murtagh

Co-opted Governor, Premises committee chair

24/07/2018 - 24/07/2022

Mr P Dodd

Parent Governor, member of TLPS committee, Vice Chair

01/10/2015 - 01/10/2019

Mr A Wadsworth

Co-opted Governor


Rev S Hancox

Co-opted Governor, TLPS committee chair

30/04/2015 - 30/04/2019

Mr A Shepherd

Co-opted Governor, member of Premises committee, Resources committee chair

30/04/2015 - 30/04/2019

Mrs A Baterip

Parent Governor

20/03/19 - 20/03/23

Mrs C Hunter

Co-opted Governor

20/03/2019 - 20/03/2023

Mrs J Jakes

Co-opted Governor

20/03/2019 - 20/03/2023

Statutory information and Register of Business Interest for School Governors information