About Govas

GOVAS works closely with the Stockport Children and Young People Directorate, but we are a fully independent association of governors affiliated to the equally independent National Governors Association. Every governor in Stockport is automatically a GOVAS member (as long as your institution pays their subscriptionof £10.00 PA)and our Management Committee is made up exclusively of serving volunteer governors in Stockport’s schools – nursery, primary secondary and special. Our biggest strength is our links with all the school governors in Stockport through our newsletter, special communications, and this website.  


The Schools’ Forum (an elected group of Head teachers, Principals, Governors and other associated members) is the key decision making and consultative group required by DfE regulation which oversees/governs all financial and administrative matters relating to the Schools Budget financed by the dedicated schools grant (DSG).

There is currently a vacancy for a primary governor

In 2021 there will be a vacancy for a secondary governor

Anyone who is interested in filling these vacancies should contact Peter Hughes or contact Govas. Obviously if there is more than one interested party there would have to be an election

The current make-up of the Stockport Schools Forum is:

Schools members

  • · 5 Primary head teachers – including 1 from a VA school
  • · 5 Primary governors – including 1 from a VA school
  • · 2 Secondary head teachers - including 1 from a VA school
  • · 2 Secondary governors
  • · 1 Special school head teacher/governor
  • · 1 Nursery head teacher
  • · 1 PRU head teacher
  • · 3 Academy representatives

Non-schools’ members

  • · 1 Diocesan representative
  • · 1 Trades union/professional association representative
  • · 1 non-Executive elected member
  • · 1 Vulnerable Children representative
  • · 1 Post 16 representative
  • · 1 PVI Early Years sector representative

The roles and responsibilities of the Schools’ Forum can be found in the guide recently updated by the DfE in May 2020 -click this lnk to read the guide-