COLUMNIST: Peter Metcalfe, county councillor, on school governors

HAVE you ever fancied being a school governor?

According to the National Governors Association (, more than 300,000 people volunteer to undertake this very vital and rewarding role. The aim of this independent charity is to improve the well-being of our children and young people, by promoting high standards in our schools and improving effectiveness.

Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability, and are involved in appointing the head teacher, teacher and staff.

They are also responsible for the finance and assist the head teacher to make those tough decisions on where to use the often limited resources for the best outcome.

So, if you would like to get involved in setting the aims, objectives, policies and targets, of your local school, please let me know.

Some people have mentioned to me that they don’t know where to go to express their views on local issues which are under the influence of the county council.

Four times a year, the Adur County Local Committee (CLC) meets.

This is an ideal place, where you can voice your concerns and thoughts about what is happening, or even what is not happening, in your neighbourhood and have a real say in the way key council service are delivered.

These services may include but is not inclusive to schools, libraries, roads, pavements and adult and children’s services.

The meetings are held around the Adur district - the last meeting was held on November 21 in Southwick and the next planned meeting is at Lancing at the Jubilee Hall, 96 South Street, on February 27, 7pm to 9pm.

So please come along with a smile and your questions.

Have a good week and do not forget to drop into a neighbour for a chat and a cup of tea. Who mentioned tea...?