A part of democracy

28th February 1997 at 00:00
Bob Allen is a governor of two schools in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. His interest started when his local secondary school faced closure. "I was a member of a local action group and we managed to save the school," he says. Having saved the school, he joined the governing body.

He is chair of John Lea secondary and link governor at Warwick primary school. He has been a governor for 10 years as a parent governor in both schools initially, then continuing as LEA governor and co-opted governor. He sees the role as one of a "watching brief, supportive but not unquestioning" and sees heads very much in charge of the day-to-day running of schools.

Bob runs his own bathroom and kitchen business and sees his technical and financial skills to the benefit of both schools.

"I enjoy seeing that the whole school is running happily and effectively. Getting to know the staff, talking to children in class and seeing them enjoy learning gives me a buzz," he says.

Bob feels too much time - "perhaps 75-80 per cent" - is spent talking about the budget. He dislikes having to make difficult decisions due to lack of money: "the worst day of my governor life was sitting with the head telling a long-serving classroom assistant that her job had to go".

"The governor's voice needs to be heard. We're an important part of the democratic process," he says.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today