School governance – John Hampden School Wendover

At the John Hampden School Wendover (the infant school for 4–7 year-olds) we have vacancies for new Governors to join our Governing Board – could you be one of them?

Volunteering locally comes in many shapes and sizes, and investing time as a school governor is hugely worthwhile and rewarding. Governors play a significant part in helping to shape the futures of our community’s children by ensuring that the best possible opportunities are provided.

Governors do not need any professional background in the education world, nor do they need to be a parent or grandparent of a pupil at the school. They just need the willingness to get involved and offer their skills, and time. Whilst the commitment is not insignificant, being a Governor is a highly rewarding in many ways.

Schools have to be run like businesses; just like the companies you’ll know and have worked for. They have significant responsibilities for staffing, budgets, premises and more. So it’s vitally important that schools have strong governance, and governors have the relevant skills to ensure that these areas are being carried out as effectively as possible.

Governors typically attend two or three short meetings every half-term, plus spend time in school talking to staff and pupils. Meetings are always held at the school and generally on a Tuesday or a Thursday at 4.30pm. There is a full induction process and plenty of training on offer, with ongoing support from staff at Buckinghamshire County Council. 

The John Hampden School Wendover is currently looking to appoint new Governors, particularly those with skills and experience in finance, human resources, and marketing. If this sounds like you, and you would like to learn a little more about being part of the school’s Governing Board, we would love to hear from you – please make contact via the website , ideally by the end of August 2019.