Could you be a volunteer at a Croydon school?

ANDREW RENDLE last week asked a question at the Town Hall that showed there are more than 200 vacancies that need to be filled on the governing bodies of Croydon schools and asks you to help

SchoolAs a school governor, I can confirm that it is a fantastic way to put something back into society and it gives you a great feeling to know you are helping the next generation.

Volunteering as a school governor also gives you the chance to see the education system close up, work with a variety of people and gain skills and experience in such areas as project management, recruitment, budget control, admin and marketing.

It only takes up a few hours a week, although you get out as much as you put in and you don’t need to have children at the school or even be a parent, all you need to be is over 18 and be able to attend meetings. School governors provide strategic management and make executive decisions while at the same time supporting and challenging the head teacher and their staff.

I urge you to take a look at being a school governor and lots of information can be found at www.sgoss.org.uk or by calling 020 7354 9805.

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1 Response to Could you be a volunteer at a Croydon school?

  1. I have been a governor in two different schools (Lewisham and Croydon) and both experiences were negative: one had to vote on already decided matters. The time I served in #secretcroydon was particularly harrowing. It was taking too much out of my life and, after winning a moral battle, I resigned. I am still monitoring from afar because I did care for the children. However, one needs to look at Croydon Council to understand that one can be powerless when the majority is dogmatic and, fundamentally, feudal. They do not know best.

    Therefore, please be aware that it is not all a bed of roses: chairs of governors may be overpowering, secretive and controlling. Some have agendas of their own and see themselves as untouchable.

    There are, of course, exceptions and I wish you well.

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