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The role of a School Governor

Make a difference and become a School Governor in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Being a school governor allows you to make your school better and in doing so, make a difference to children’s lives and their prospects for the future.  This is what drives most governors, but there are also other benefits. 

Rewards of being a governor

  • The opportunity to develop new skills and undertake free training provided by Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Central South Consortium on various aspects of your role as a governor
  • The knowledge that you have played a part in improving children’s education and supported the school’s staff
  • The opportunity to work as part of a team
  • The opportunity to gain a sense of achievement as an active member of the community
  • The opportunity to improve your negotiation, questioning, conflict resolution time management and financial skills

What are the Different Categories of Governor?

  • Community Governors - Community governors are appointed by the Governing Body to represent the community.  They should live or work in the community served by the school.
  • Local Authority (LA) Governors are appointed by the Local Authority.
  • Parents Governors are voted on to the Governing Body by other parents and are usually parents of children who attend the school.
  • Teacher & Staff Governors are elected by the relevant staff within the school.
  • Foundation Governors are appointed by the organisation that set up the school to represent their interests.
  • Minor Authority - in some areas where Minor Authorities exist an additional representative serves on the Governing Body.
  • Consortium Member of Secondary School & Further Education - a serving governor may also be a member of the above.

How we support school governors

Rhondda Cynon Taf offers support through the Governor Support Team.  The Governor Support Team provides a clerking service for Primary and Special Schools.  This experienced team provides high quality advice and support to the governing bodies of Rhondda Cynon Taf, together with a comprehensive training programme. ​ 

A governor’s term of office lasts for four years.  You would be expected to attend three Governing Body meetings per year, one each term. 

Applying to be a governor

View governor vacancies and make your application online!

Training for Governors

A comprehensive training programme is offered to governors to assist them in their role.

View governor training courses on offer for this Term.