Become a school governor

School governors are the most important volunteers in education. They have a key role to play in making sure all pupils at a school receive the highest standard of education possible and are able to achieve their full potential.

School governors actively help to shape the workforce of the future. The quality of education we provide for today’s children will affect the quality of our society in the future.

School governors come from all backgrounds reflecting different cultures, communities, work skills and life experiences.

Each school has its own governing body which has specific duties given to it by law including:

  • Agreeing school development priorities;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the performance of the school;
  • Setting school targets;
  • Making sure that the curriculum is balanced;
  • Agreeing school policies;
  • Agreeing an annual budget detailing planned spending and staffing;
  • Appointment of Headteacher and other senior staff;
  • Preparing an action plan following an Ofsted inspection;
  • Developing extended services to meet a school’s needs as part of the wider local community.

An effective governing body is a source of enormous strength to a school. Governors provide the headteacher with support and advice. They ask searching questions whilst respecting the headteacher’s position as professional leader of the school. They share in formulating the school’s aims and vision.

If you would like to be a governor at a particular school, you can contact the headteacher or chair of governors to let them know that you would be interested in supporting their school as a governor.

Become a school governor was last updated on March 8, 2017.