THE search is on for more people to become school governors in Somerset.

The Diocese of Bath and Wells has launched its Come on Board campaign to encourage more people to take an active part in the life of their local school.

Volunteers, who should be over 18 with a little time to spare each month, are wanted for church primary or secondary schools.

Ed Gregory, director of education for the diocese, said: "You don’t need to have any teaching experience or be a parent to volunteer.

"All you need is a willingness to use your skills and experience to support the children and young people in your community.

"There are many wonderful people who are already giving their time and skills to support these schools and make a difference as members of their governing board, but more are needed.

“The strength of the governing body comes from the fact that they are individuals of all ages, from different walks of life who bring a range of skills and perspectives.

"You will be supported throughout your time as a governor and there are plenty of opportunities for training and development.

"So, if you feel this is something you would like to do, why not find out more about how you could help?”

The role of governors is to contribute to the work of the school by helping to set the strategic vision and direction, approve the budget and hold the senior leadership team to account.

Foundation governors have a special role in helping to preserve and develop the religious character of a Church of England school.

Karyn, who is a foundation governor, said she has been surprised by how fulfilling she has found the role.

She added: "The best thing about being a governor is that I get to support a school that means so much to me, my family and my community and it is really humbling to be alongside the teachers that make such a difference to that community.”

You can find further information and how to get in touch on the diocese's website -