Join us as a Governor
At ODST we warmly welcome interest from individuals interested in becoming school governors. Governors are a key part of ODST and individual school communities. They play a vital role in shaping the education of children and young people, by helping to set the ethos, vision, and strategy for our schools.
Why become a school governor with ODST?
Do you want to make a difference in your community and contribute to the vision we have for our schools? Can you bring skills and knowledge gained in business, work, volunteering or family life, to support one of our schools to give children a great start in life?
Individual governors on local governing bodies make important decisions that have a huge impact on the lives of young people, and every governor has a role to play in helping them get the best possible education. It's a rewarding opportunity, and one that can also help you build on your skills in areas such as people management, finance, communications, data and more. You will gain valuable experience in the formal processes of governance, the chance to take part in a range of school activities and visits, and receive training to support your work.
'Being a school governor is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in children's education to make an impact on their lives, and at the same time develop your own skills and learn new ones.'
Lorna, ODST school governor
Who can be a governor?
Nearly everyone over 18 can be a school governor, and you do not need to have experience in the education sector or as a parent. We are looking for people who are interested in education, able to work well with others, are willing to listen and make informed judgements, and committed to continual improvement of our schools. Particular business skills that are useful include finance, managing people, or experience in companies. Aside from that, we simply ask that you are willing to volunteer some time and commitment to your governing body and school - and we will offer training and support for your new role.
Training, support and development
Once appointed as a governor you will have access to a comprehensive programme of training and support. ODST support for governors.
Interested or want to find out more?
Contact: Julian Hehir, Governor Support Officer, ODST