Education charity runs Bristol campaign for additional school governors

National charity SGOSS – Governors for Schools – are planning a series of events to raise awareness of the need for school governors in Bristol’s schools.

There are currently over 120 governor vacancies registered at maintained schools in the region.

The charity will be visiting Bristol as part of a South West-wide recruitment drive between 7th and 18th September.

SGOSS will be hosting events across Bristol at the central library, local businesses and the council offices to raise awareness and encourage skilled volunteers to help local education.

Anyone who is interested is welcome to come to Bristol Central Library on the 10th and 14th September between 10am-4pm, to talk to members of the SGOSS team and find out more.

The drive has come about in response to the need for school governors in Bristol, North Somerset, Bath and Gloucestershire. Almost 20% of pupils in Bristol are attending primary schools which are not graded good or outstanding in the latest Ofsted report. This figure rises to almost 30% where secondary school pupils are concerned.

Cllr Brenda Massey, Bristol City Council’s Assistant Mayor for People with responsibility for Education, said:

“Governors play an important role in the effective management and delivery of education for thousands of children across Bristol. Having been a school governor for a number of years, I can personally attest to the positive impact the role has on supporting and improving schools in this area.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for prospective governors to learn more about this very rewarding role and hear about the benefits of taking on such a position. I urge all that are interested in working to support and improve education in Bristol Schools to get in touch.”