Becoming a school governor

If you're interested in improving children's education, are over 18 years of age and have the time, you could become a school governor.

Headteachers are always keen to attract people from their community who can bring energy, experience and fresh ideas to their school.

Governors can be parents, school staff, and representatives from the council. Most schools also have co-opted governors and some schools have foundation governors. Find out about the different types of governors.

The church, charitable trusts or businesses may also be represented on school governing bodies.  Governors of special schools may include health or voluntary organisation representatives.

What you need to become a school governor

You don’t need any special expertise to become a school governor, but you could have what it takes if:

  • you’re 18 or over
  • you want children to get the best from school
  • you’d like to put something back into your local community
  • you’re interested in people
  • you’re prepared to work as part of a team
  • you have time to get to know your school, go to meetings and read papers
  • you’re comfortable asking questions
  • you’re open to new ideas and ready to learn

Become a governor

If you’re interested in taking on this important and challenging role, contact the school directly to see if there are any vacancies, or consider one of the current local authority vacancies and fill in the appropriate application form below.  If you need any help before applying, just get in touch.