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.  


Did you know that all schools who buy back into the training and development of Stockport LA have automatic membership of the National Governors Association?But you don't get the full benefits automatically.

To get the benefits of membership, your school needs to contact the NGA at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will confirm your eligibility.  You will be asked to complete a spreadsheet with the contact details of your current governing body. If you are not sure whether you are entitled to NGA membership, get in touch with Pam Dunham at Stockport Local Authority (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  

Once you have submitted the spreadsheet, the NGA office will send instructions to each governor on how to access the members area of the website.

All governors once they are registered will get a very useful summary of news via their e-mail and access to the on-line weekly Newsletter.

2 copies of the high quality magazine 'Governing Matters' (published six times a year) will be sent to the school, and up to 3 individuals can have their own sent to their home address.

There are other useful publications, an annual conference and regional events. The NGA represents schools governors from all state funded schools, including those from LA maintained schools and academies in England. Full details are on the website www.nga.org.uk.