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Why become a Governor?

School Governors make such a difference in children’s lives, and there are currently a number of vacancies here at Upperthong.

Would you like to be a part of making that difference?

Watch the video and find out more.


School governors and trustees make a valuable contribution to children’s education, opportunities and futures.

Being a school governor or trustee is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community, and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country.

Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective.

Anyone aged over 18 can be a governor or trustee (with some exceptions). You do not need to be a parent.

There is no requirement for you to have previous understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education.

Schools need and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their governing board including: education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, and organisational change.

As a governor or trustee, you will be able to:

§  Use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations
§  Develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment
§  Make a valuable contribution to education and your community
§  Support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff
§  Bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights in to decision-making in the interests of the school community

What type of Governors do we need?

At Upperthong JI School we currently have vacancies for Co-Opted Governors: these are people representing the community. We need local people with an interest in the community and making a difference to our children through your work with our fabulous school.

We also need LA Governors: these are people nominated by Kirklees local authority who again wish to make a difference to the young people of Kirklees and the community of Kirklees.

How do I apply

If you are interested in being a Co-Opted Governor, contact Carolyn Littlewood (Headteacher) on 01484 683176/ carolyn.littlewood@upperthongschool.co.uk or Catherine Patel (Chair of Governors) catherine.patel@upperthongschool.co.uk

If you are interested in being an LA Governor then you need to apply directly to the LA by following the link and completing the form https://my.kirklees.gov.uk/en/AchieveForms

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