Dear Stephen i was appointed as the Support Staff Governor last year and attended a formal training session held by the local LA. I am only allowed to sit on the GB committee for Curriculum and Trust meetings when and if invited. I am asked to pass minutes at these meetings from the other committees that have taken place. Our school financial situation can not be described as very good and as a result a re- structure is imminent. I noticed certain points in minutes from a finance committee meeting and challenged them and also requested to see the current and forecast budget. The chair wanted to know my reasons behind this request and when I declared that My request was neither job or person specific and that as a Governor I had the right to request any information in order to fulfil my duties. I have received a reply basically stating that the Trust and GB considers my questions to be outside my remit as a staff Governor as There maybe a conflict of interest. My sole purpose for wanting this information is to assess if the strategic direction of the school is the right one.. At my formal training when I queried whether a staff governor could request financial information I was advised this was correct. Who is right and what action can I take as I feel I have only been appointed to fulfil legal requirements rather than to provide the GB with useful/ constructive input?