School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors – together they are called the ‘governing body’. They are 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.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, talk to the current chair of governors who leads the board. When there is a vacancy for a parent governor, all parents will be informed and you will 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.
My family moved to Yate in August 2010 from a country estate, Englefield, near Reading. Our son and daughter were very fortunate to be offered places at Horton. Our son is now at secondary school. I work as a clinical scientist based at Bristol Oncology Centre specialising in Radiotherapy Physics. When I get time off work I spend time with the children, enjoying watching them develop in their hobbies. I enjoy gardening, playing guitar and mountain biking.
I am a HLTA here at Horton school and have worked here for 20 years. I am from Wigan in Lancashire and moved to this area 28 years ago when my husband relocated and originally worked in the computer industry. I have two daughters aged 26 and 23, I enjoy quilting, supporting Wigan Warriors, walking the dog and planning holidays!
I have been a Governor at Horton since 2006 having held the positions of Chair of the Finance and Property Sub Committee and, until August 2015 Chair of Governors. All 3 of my children have been pupils at Horton. My youngest is currently in Year 5 and enjoying every minute, whilst my eldest two have now moved on successfully to secondary school. I believe that their respective successes at secondary school (both academically and socially) is very much down to the environment and support they enjoyed whilst at Horton.
I am a Chartered Engineer who moved to Horton 7 years ago following several years living in Chipping Sodbury and a few years in Toronto and London. Having worked in engineering research and development for most of my career, I was interested in supporting the local community and joined the school’s governing body in 2011. I later became the LEA Governor and I chair the Finance and Property sub-committee.
When I’m not co-coordinating the maintenance and renovation of old buildings, my more active pursuits include playing badminton, mountain trekking and cycling – particularly on a tandem with my wife.
I retired as Assistant Head of St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple school five years ago, here I was in charge of Inclusion (Special Needs, Ethnic minorities, Child Protection, Healthy Schools etc). I finished my career by managing the school’s rebuilding project. I am a Governor of that school and previously a Foundation Governor of St. Andrew’s, Cromhall. I live in Chipping Sodbury and attend St. John’s church. As a Governor of Horton I am interested in PE, as well as those things mentioned above.
“Chris Meredith is a chartered surveyor who works in Bristol. Chris lives in Horton with his wife and 2 young sons. Chris’s eldest son attends the school and the youngest is due to start in September 2016. Chris and his family lived in London for 10 years before moving to Horton and interests outside of work include rugby, cricket, golf and music as well as watching/taking his children to all these activities where possible!”
My family moved to Horton last summer and I joined the Governor team earlier this year having established our son at this excellent school. My interests include the support of local and national communities through our Church, walking, cycling and developing projects to help the poor. Cooking can be a disaster but my wife and son are very gracious when I try! By day I work as CEO for Brightman Industries Ltd and this keeps me very busy
Mrs Michelle Parsons
I have lived in Chipping Sodbury since 2001. I have worked in a large inner city secondary school for the past 16 years. I am currently the 2nd in department within the inclusion team and teach in a resource base for students with moderate learning difficulties and speech language and communication needs. I have 2 children, who attend a local primary school. As family we attend St John the Baptist church and I regularly run the Sunday school there. I wanted become a foundation governor to give something back to the community.
“Congratulations to all the pupils that attended the Mosque in Bristol. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity of witnessing their good behaviour. They represented the school as outstanding ambassadors and we were all so pleased with the example the children showed. I think the Oman was fairly impressed with the children’s extensive knowledge of their religion too! The teachers have done an excellent job in helping to prepare our children for a world that is incredibly diverse. As a parent, I am grateful for the opportunity to have shared in a remarkable day where a Christian School can witness to another faith and with so much respect and friendship. Well done.”
“We spent a lovely day with the whole school for Science Day. The morning was spent telling the children about what real scientists and engineers do and the processes they follow making and testing designs and theories. They learnt about fibre optics and medical imaging and had a lot of fun trying to work out which chocolate bars were shown in various CT scans! Of course we had to cut them in half to check, which meant they had to eat them!
In the afternoon, we made and launched water rockets. The children worked in mixed aged groups to build their rockets in every classroom. They showed great enthusiasm and were a delight to teach and we were impressed by their outstanding behaviour and politeness.”
Louise and Wez Charlton
“This year’s Harvest Festival was particularly special. All the children joined in to make the service a joy to watch. The theme of helping children abroad with their education was excellent and reminded me how lucky we are that our children have such an excellent education at Horton. The teachers and staff help the children in so many ways. As a parent and governor I am so glad we chose Horton as our son’s first school. I’m looking forward to the festivities at Christmas, especially the school service. I am sure the experience will be up to the school’s high standards.”