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School governors

Governors play a key role in leading, supporting and improving schools.

They act as a link between parents, the local community and the school. They are impartial and make decisions that seek to improve the school.

The number of governors at each school can vary.

Governor meetings

At each meeting, governors receive and discuss and make decisions on a range of subjects, for example:

  • budgets
  • recruitment of staff
  • disciplinary issues
  • general maintenance of school buildings and grounds
  • pupils performance
  • school inspection reports

Many issues are dealt with via committees of the governing body and are then approved by the full governing body.

Becoming a governor

Governors need to attend governors’ meetings on a regular basis, as well as committee meetings, where relevant.

By committing a small amount of time each month, you will have the satisfaction of becoming part of a team involved in running the school. You will learn skills that will help you in other areas of your life and benefit from free training.

You will need:

  • an interest in our childrens’ future
  • the desire to make a difference
  • time and energy
  • a readiness to accept responsibility
  • the commitment to work in a team
  • the enthusiasm to ask questions, listen and learn

You don’t need any particular qualifications, we are just looking for people aged 18 or over with the right attitude and motivation to help shape the future of education within Bridgend County Borough.

Governor training

Governor training, which is provided free of charge, helps to improve your knowledge and allows you to share experiences with fellow governors of other schools.

New governors must attend two mandatory training courses. One of these is an induction course that covers the main responsibilities of a governor. The other is on understanding the data used in schools and how this will help you support the school.

Details of training will be sent to you if you are appointed onto a governing body and then at the start of each school term.

More detailed governor training is available on a range of subjects. There is a telephone hotline to help answer any specific questions and a pool of experienced governors at hand to share their wealth of experience. Each governing body also has access to a clerk, who will arrange and take the minutes of meetings.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please download an application form.

Related Documents

LA Application Form

When completed, please send this to

Community Application Form

When completed, please send this to the school that you are interested in becoming a governor for. Find school contact details here.


Learner Support

Telephone: 01656 642637
Address: Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB.

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