McMillan Early Childhood Centre

All needs met for children under 5 years in one place

Becoming a Governor


Could you be a school governor?

Have you thought about getting involved in your local community, perhaps expanding on your personal skills or development, or maybe you are interested in education and the future of young people?

Anyone can volunteer to be a governor - you don't need to be a parent, know about education or be particular type of person - you just need to be over 18 and want to support schools in ensuring that all pupils reach their full potential.

The benefits of being a governor include:

- the opportunity to develop new skills and strengthen existing ones;
- the opportunity to be an active member of your local community and the sense of achievement that brings;
- the opportunity to work as part of a team with a range people often from a variety of social, cultural and religious backgrounds; 
- the opportunity to undertake training provided by the local authority;
- the opportunity to see the wider picture of the education system.

If you have expertise or a keen interest in finance, health and safety, marketing and communications, personnel issues, or special educational needs, there are opportunities to get more involved.

Our governing body is a balanced representation of the school and the community that it serves and is therefore made up of members who are representative of the school and it's community.  You don't have to have children or be an expert in education to volunteer.



Your Role as a Governor

The London Borough of Hillingdon values highly the contribution made by governors to the

success of its schools. We hope you will enjoy the role and that you will feel that you are able to

make a positive difference. Effective governing bodies ensure that they use the skills of all members and this briefing is designed to help you play your part as a governor. To put your work in context, the role of the governing body is strategic.

It should be closely involved in:

• deciding the school’s values, vision and aims

• drafting the statutory policies

• the school improvement plan

• setting and monitoring the budget ensuring effective use of resources

• monitoring and evaluating the outcomes and longer term impact of all strategic plans and policies

• accounting to all key stakeholders for the school’s performance. In doing so, it is helpful to share the workload and to work to the strengths and interests of individual governors.  All governors contribute at the strategic level and then staff follow through, implementing the decisions made. The opportunity to work as a governor, influencing all strategic decisions, will provide you with excellent leadership, training and team working experience.

Term of office

You will have a 4 year term of office unless the governing body has agreed a shorter term of office for your particular category of governorship. The clerk to governors will confirm this for you. You may resign at any time by giving written notice to the clerk to governors.

Governor Category

As a governor, you are representative of a stakeholder group on the governing body, i.e. parents, staff, co-opted, local authority. You are not a representative of that group, and as such, cannot be mandated to take any particular course of action or vote in a specific way at meetings. This can often be misunderstood.


You can provide relevant information to the governing body about the general views of the stakeholder group you are representative of on items on the governing body’s agenda. However if an issue comes to a vote, you should vote on the basis of what you consider to be in the best interests of the school. As a governor you can report back to colleagues and stakeholder groups with the consent of the governing body and if you are absolutely sure that the information you are presenting is accurate. You would be breaching the confidence of the governing body if you reported how individuals voted, comments made by individuals, or individual discussions.