THE GREAT strength of governors is that we are local.
We know the other schools in the area and probably the playgroups, nurseries, scout leader and vicar. We know which local shops will give raffle prizes and which elderly residents will welcome Harvest Festival baskets. We probably have contacts with the local newspaper and the library.
In fact, because we are mostly committee junkies, between us we know everyone who is anyone in the community.
We are also handy for when the burglar alarm goes off. I have a feeling this may be a mixed blessing. Our alarm responds to kids on the roof, electrical disturbances, stray cats and strong winds as well as burglars. At least I suppose it would respond to a burglar if we ever had one. The police then summon one of the key-holders to turn the alarm off, inspect the premises and if necessary, remove the cat - typically at 3am.
The headteacher, deputy and caretaker all live a sensible distance from the school, whereas I am just two minutes' bike ride away. Tomorrow I get my own set of keys, access to the password and my name goes on the police contact list. Good governors never sleep.