Westbury on Trym / Westbury Park / Sneyd Park / Stoke Bishop
Totterdown / Knowle / Windmill Hill
Stockwood / Flowers Hill
Stapleton / Broomhill / Begbrook
St Philip's Marsh / The Dings
St Paul's / St Werburghs / St. Agnes / St Jude's
St George / Crew's Hole / Troopers Hill
Speedwell / Crofts End / Ridgeway / Mayfield Park
Southville / Ashton Gate
Southmead / Monks Park / Manor Park
Shirehampton / Seamills / Coombe Dingle
Redland / Cotham / Kingsdown
Redfield / Whitehall
Redcliffe / Temple Meads
Montpelier / Stokes Croft / St Andrews / Ashley Down
Knowle West / Kensington Park / Upper Knowle
Hengrove / Whitchurch
Henbury / Brentry / Botany Bay / Charlton Mead
Harbourside / Canons Marsh / Brandon Hill
Fishponds / Hillfields / Chester Park / Lodge Hill
Filwood Park / Inns Court / Lower Knowle / Novers Park
Filton / Frenchay
Edge of Bristol (South Gloucester)
Edge of Bristol (North Somerset)
Edge of Bristol (Bath & North East Somerset)
Eastville / Rose Green / Clay Hill
Easton / Baptist Mills / Greenbank
Downend / Mangotsfield / Emersons Green
Clifton / Clifton Down / Hotwells
Bristol City Centre
Brislington / Broomhill / St. Annes / Arnos Vale
Bishopsworth / Withywood / Hartcliffe
Bishopston / Horfield / Henleaze / Golden Hill
Bedminster Down / Headley Park / Uplands / Highridge
Bedminster / Victoria Park
Barton Hill / Lawrence Hill / Newtown
Avonmouth / Lawrence Weston
Ashton Vale / Bower Ashton
Do you want to be inspired by the impact of education? Schools across Bristol are looking for skilled volunteers to support education by becoming school governors.
What will you be doing?
Governing bodies are responsible for the strategic management of a school and will make decisions about a wide range of issues
The core responsibilities involved are:
Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher
Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress
Budgetary allocation and control
Shaping plans for school improvement and overseeing their implemenation
Setting the school’s aims and values
Appointing senior members of staff including the Head Teacher
The governing body is usually split in to a small number of committees, each responsible for one area such as finance or pupil achievement. These committees will meet separately from the main governing body to discuss relevant issues in more detail. Discussion is then fed back at a full governing body meeting.
A school governing body is made up of representatives from the school, the parents, the local authority and the local community.
What are we looking for?
Essential skills are ability to work as part of team, commitment to 'collective responsibility' and ability to think strategically. Other skills such as finance, legal, HR and general business skills can be very valuable additions to a governing body.
What difference will you make?
Governors perform the most important voluntary role in education and a full and diverse governing body can be a source of enormous strength to a school. Governors provide an external perspective and an ability to challenge assumptions and look for the best solutions.They bring enthusiasm, experience and expertise from other areas of life and can act together as a well balanced group of people to effectively support the Head Teacher and staff to drive the school forward.
What's in it for the volunteer?
Volunteering as a governor is a great way to contribute to your local community, meet new people and improve the lives of local children. You will develop transferable skills and learn more about the education system whilst putting existing skills and experience to good use. Full training is available.
Before you apply
You will need to complete an application form and will have an interview with the school. DBS checks will be taken up.
When: Every month
Volunteers give on average 6-8 hours a month. Volunteers will need to attend meetings approximately once a term and potentially visit the school during working hours to meet with staff. This can be arranged in advance and around your availability. Different schools expect different commitment levels from their governors.