THOSE who have the passion and commitment to improve schools have been urged to become a governor.
It comes has governors from schools across Portsmouth gathered at Portsmouth Guildhall for a tea hosted by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth thanking them for their efforts.
The event, which was held in the banqueting suite, enabled governors to have one-to-one discussions about their roles with peers and representatives from Portsmouth City Council.
School governors are the UK’s largest volunteer group in the country, with more than 300,000 in the position.
One of the attendees was 30-year-old Emma Creasey, who is vice-chairman of Stamshaw Junior School’s board of governors. Her daughter Maisie, ten, attends the school, while her son Aidan, five, goes to the primary school.
She said: ‘I have a vested interest in the school as my daughter goes there. It doesn’t take long in any job before you start learning. On the back of it I am training and I work in a different school.
‘It gives you a foothold because there are loads of skills you learn. I work on the finance committee so I can look at a budget sheet.
‘It gives you confidence. It gets you doing something and you can take a big of control of your time.’
Alex Lochrane was voted in as chairman of governors at St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School in Southsea.
He said: ‘It is immensely rewarding.
‘Being a governor puts you alongside some dedicated people, all volunteers, who come with a wealth of experience.
‘We have the same aim in mind which is to challenge, support and make our school better, and give our children the best possible start into their later education and life.’
Julian Wooster, the council’s strategic director of children’s services, said governors are important in helping schools improve and operate.
He said: ‘We are looking for people from diverse backgrounds, parents, people with significant skills – anyone could be a governor. What’s important is the commitment and dedication in making their school a good school.’