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The Federation of Riders Infant and Junior Schools

Standing together with our community to unlock opportunity and secure achievement for all.

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The Federation of Riders Infant and Junior Schools

Standing together with our community to unlock opportunity and secure achievement for all.


Governor Recruitment

I wonder why you’re reading this.  Are you just curious?  Has somebody asked you to read it?  What has led you to us?  Are you ready for a new challenge and think that we might be able to provide it?


Here at Riders we are genuine and passionate advocates for our community and our school family.  Leigh Park is an honest and open community, full of fantastic people. It is a community that makes you earn its respect and then embraces you. It is a community which is rightly proud to be itself and, at Riders, we are rightly proud to be at the heart of it.


If this means something to you, then you might be the person we are looking for.  We are seeking people from local businesses and the community to become governors in our team.


The following information explains what the role of a school governor is, the benefits and the expectations.


The role of the school governor

Governing bodies have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Each individual governor is a member of the governing body and all decisions are our joint responsibility. 
  • No one governor is expected to know it all. We attract and rely upon members from a wide variety of backgrounds, share duties amongst our members, and take decisions as a group.


Benefits of being a governor

Being a school governor is a very rewarding role. The benefits include:

  • the knowledge that you are supporting schools and pupils
  • the satisfaction of making a contribution to your community
  • a sense of purpose and achievement
  • learning new transferable skills
  • broader horizons
  • new colleagues
  • training and support in order to help you fulfil your duties and responsibilities



At Riders we link governors to specific school improvement plan objectives as well as to specific subjects.  Some governors have a special responsibility, for example, Development and Training, Safeguarding or Health and Safety. We suggest that it will require about 20 to 30 hours per term, for tasks including:

  • prior reading of paperwork and the preparation of questions before meetings
  • attendance at governing body meetings (max 6 per term)
  • school monitoring visits
  • reviewing policies and the school’s budget
  • attendance at governor training


If you are interested in becoming a Governor at Riders or you would like more information to help you decide then please contact me, Carolyn Owens, via the clerk to the governors


The work we do here at Riders is engaged and meaningful, and has an impact at the very heart of the community we prize so highly and are so honoured to be a part of.


So, whatever it is that led you to us – take a moment. Be inspired. We are.


We look forward to hearing from you.


Carolyn Owens, Chair of Governors