School governors

Governing boards are the strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school and academy. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child by creating robust accountability for school leaders.

One of the core features of an effective governing board is the importance of having the right people with the necessary skills, time and commitment, and sufficient diversity of perspectives to ensure internal challenge, all actively contributing in line with clearly defined roles and responsibilities under an explicit code of conduct.

Being a governor involves more than just an interest

Governors make up the biggest volunteer board numbering some 370,000 in England and their time commitment in fulfilling their role should not go unrecognised. The time a governor devotes can vary widely, depending on how involved s/he becomes and what needs doing. The governing board usually meets at least once a term and, in addition to attending governing board meetings, a governor is expected to undertake other commitments including membership of one or two committees with specific focus.

Being a governor can be rewarding

  • Being a member of a Governing board provides a chance to:
  • ┬ámake a difference to how well the school runs
  • see how your efforts help raise standards
  • do something positive for the next generation
  • serve the local community
  • help realise your own potential by learning new skills

Becoming a Governor

Please find information on becoming a School Governor

Becoming a School Governor Information Pack

If you wish to be a governor at one specific school (for instance where your child attends) contact the Chair of the governing board or the Headteacher at the school to let them know of your interest.

Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing board to represent a wider community perspective. If you wish to be considered for the role of co-opted governor, please complete the Co-opted governor nomination form and return it to Governor Services.

You will be asked for information in order that appropriate checks can be carried out to comply with safeguarding requirements.

Co-opted Governor Nomination Form

If you would like to speak to someone about what is involved in being a governor, please telephone Governor Services on 020 8359 7622.

Before applying

Can you answer 'yes' to the following questions? If so, then you may well have what it takes to be a school governor:

  • do you believe schools should give children the best possible education?
  • do you want to put something back into your local community?
  • are you interested in people?
  • do you have time to get to know your school, to go to meetings and read papers?
  • are you comfortable asking questions?
  • are you open to new ideas and ready to learn?

Information for existing governors

As an existing governor, there is a range of support available to you provided by Governor Services and other agencies.

Information and guidance for existing governors.

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