Co-Opted Governor


Co-Opted Governor


We currently have vacancies for co-opted governors on the Governing Body at Lewknor Church of England Primary School.

Co-opted or community governors do not have to have a connection to the school, religion or the local authority. They do, however, need to have skills that can contribute to the effective governance and ongoing success of the school.

Below you will find some useful information about being a governor. We are especially looking for people with any of the following skills: financial, analytical and or strategic, as well as an interest in education generally.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via the school email at

If you are interested in becoming a co-opted governor, please complete and return the application form at the bottom of this page (the application form is also available on our school website under the vacancies tab). Please also include a short statement about yourself including reasons why you wish to become a school governor and how you can contribute to the work of the governing body. Forms should be returned either by post or email by Friday 19th November.

All new governors are required by law to undergo a check on their suitability to serve. This will be a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


What is the composition of the Governing Body?

The governing body consists of parent governors, a staff governor, the head teacher, foundation governors, three co-opted governors, a local authority governor and an associate governor. Governor information, which includes a list of governors and their roles, is available on our school website. The Clerk to the Governors is Emma Palmer.


How much time will it take up?

The full governing body meets five times a year. Most meetings run from 7pm to 9pm except for the July meeting, which is held straight after school. If possible, every governor joins at least one of our committees, for example, resources or teaching and learning. The resources committee meets five times a year, while the teaching and learning committee meets three times a year. We also invite governors to come into school occasionally during the school day so they can see how the school operates. Governors also help out at school events such as parent evenings.


What do governors actually do?

Governors are responsible for the strategic direction of the school: they make long term decisions about the progress and the development of the school. Governors may help to appoint senior staff, they make decisions about the school’s budget, they decide on policies for every aspect of the school, and they set targets for pupil attainment, progress and attendance. Governors ensure that the school provides the highest standard of education for every child.


Can I get help to understand what happens at meetings?

Yes. The Chair will meet new governors before their first meeting to talk through the agenda. New governors would be expected to attend the induction course provided by Oxfordshire’s Governor Services so that you are fully aware of your role.


Can I talk to parents or other people about what goes on in meetings?

You can talk about matters in a very general way, but you must not identify any individual member of staff or any child. As the governing body acts as a ‘corporate body’ you cannot talk about any differences of opinion during the meeting, you can only report the final decision of the governing body. Part of the agenda is strictly confidential (it might cover special educational needs or exclusions) and you must not talk about anything discussed during these sessions. Governors are asked to agree to a Code of Conduct that will be explained at your first meeting.


What are the benefits of becoming a governor?

You will learn how the school manages its budget, personnel and buildings, and how school policies are developed.


What are the restrictions on becoming a governor?

Governors must be over 18 years of age; not be bankrupt, nor have served a long prison sentence, nor have been disqualified from working with children.