Becoming a Local Governor

Make a difference in your local community

Being an academy governor is a hugely rewarding form of voluntary work. You will be able to make a real difference to our children and their local community, by actively contributing to the success of the academy.

All our governors are given access to ongoing training, resources and personal development. You will be able to gain expertise which is transferable to your own professional life, together with gaining a better understanding of the education system. In addition to this, all of our Local Governance Chairs will be offered ‘Chair Development Training’

To view our Local Governing Body key information please click below;

Governing Body Key Information

Local Governing Body Terms of Reference

Could you volunteer and become a Local Governor?

Do you care about improving children’s education and want to contribute to your local community?

Do you want to work as part of a team and value the contributions made by others?

Are you willing to challenge and ask questions?

Are you open to new ideas, willing to learn and undertake training to understand the role?

Can you commit to six evenings per year?

Can you support a cluster of unique academies?

Will you support each Principal in their pursuit of excellence in all that they do?

Will you act as a voice for children and young people?

If the answer is yes, we invite you to join us in making a commitment to the children of Nottingham

Our Cluster Groups

This is an exciting opportunity to join local governance at the beginning of its journey within the Raleigh Learning Trust. There are three cluster groups within the trust who oversee the running of the academies on behalf of the trust board. These include, Mainstream Primary Cluster, Special Educational Needs Cluster and the Alternative Provision Cluster. Governors form a crucial part of an academy’s success, offering peer support and challenge to leadership teams.


Your commitment

Governors offer their time voluntarily. Becoming a governor within an academy cluster will mean a commitment for a period of four years. Each year you will be expected to attend six governing body meetings. Meetings are held on weekdays, after school or in the evening. Additionally, governors may be asked to participate on various panels. All governors are linked to a specialism within the academy cluster, often drawing on their own experience or knowledge.


Types of governors

Our Cluster groups consist of governors from all walks of life and usually fall into one of five categories:

  • parent governors (also open to grandparents and foster carers)
  • community governors
  • staff governors
  • governors appointed by the Raleigh Learning Trust Board.



To be eligible as an academy governor you must be over 18 years of age and not have been declared bankrupt. There are no particular qualifications or requirements other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people.

Any particular skills of experience our governors have will always be utilised wherever possible, to enable the academy, its students, staff and community to benefit from this knowledge.

To find out more about becoming a governor, please contact Claire Beardsall, Clerk to the Trust Board, at / 0115 8550100 or fill out the expression of interest form below.

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