Wandsworth Schools need governors! And Wandsworth Governor Services is rethinking its approach to recruitment in support of our schools. To gain insights into what motivates people to become governors and what the role entails, we asked two highly regarded governors a series of questions. A video featuring the interviews with Andrea McDermott and Mark Holliday will be available soon.
Mark is the chair of governors at a primary school in Wandsworth. He became a governor because he wanted to have a connection with his local school and make a difference to the lives of children in his community. He also had some previous experience of being a co-opted governor.
When Mark first started as a governor, he felt overwhelmed by the amount of preparation and reading he needed to do. However, he found the support from Wandsworth Governor Services invaluable. He also enjoyed networking and learning from other governors.
Now, as chair of governors, Mark is able to set the tone of the governing board. He has led a restructure of the committees to reduce the bureaucratic side and focus more on the children and their families.
Mark says that the highlights of his experience as a governor have been visiting the school to meet staff, pupils, and parents, as well as attending events and celebrations. He also feels a great sense of pride and privilege in being able to make a difference to the lives of children and their families.
Here are some of the benefits and rewards of becoming a school governor:
- Making a positive difference to the lives of children and their families
- Feeling proud and privileged to be part of the local community.
- Gaining valuable skills and experience, such as leadership, decision-making, and teamwork
- Networking with other governors and professionals in the education sector
- Attending school events and celebrations
- Seeing children learn and grow.
If you are interested in becoming a school governor, Wandsworth Governor Services can help. They offer a variety of support and training to support governors in their roles. Visit the Wandsworth Governor Services website to learn more about becoming a Governor. If you need any support with governor recruitment, please book a Head-to-Head meeting to discuss how we can help.