Becoming a school governor

All schools have a governing board which has responsibility for the strategic management of the school. The board works closely with the headteacher and staff to ensure that all pupils can develop as individuals and receive an outstanding education. One of the council’s highest priorities is to raise the attainment of all its pupils and governors are expected to pro-actively challenge the work of the school and to monitor and evaluate its performance. 

Governors have three main roles:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing financial performance

Governors do not make day to day decisions about how the school is run.

Who can be a governor?

School governors come from all walks of life - the most important things are the skills and experience you have. You also need to be able to work as part of a team and give your commitment to the school.

You do not need any special qualifications other than to care about children and young people's education, have an interest in the community and a willingness to learn new skills and some spare time! However, boards will appoint governors to specific roles based on the skills, experience and qualities they can bring.

What are the types of governor?

Governing boards vary in size and are made up of a number of different categories. Governors can be elected by parents or staff or appointed by the governing board. In church schools, governors can be appointed by religious foundations. This is to help the governing boards reflect the communities that they serve.  

If you are interested in a particular school contact the headteacher to ascertain whether there are any vacancies, or contact Leadership and Governance Services who will be able to help and advise you. How is the governing board made up?

How much time will it take?

This will vary from school to school and person to person but all schools have at least one full governing board meeting once a term. You will also need to join a committee - this is where the detailed discussion and work takes place.

In addition to meetings, governors need to get to know their school to help you understand the impact your decisions will have. This is done by visiting the school for events, focussed visits and more informal activities taking place in school like open days, assemblies, school fetes and concerts. Meetings tend to take place in the evenings, but this will be agreed by all members of the governing board.

You will receive full training and the help and support of colleague governors as well as the headteacher.

Applying to be a governor

Apply to become a governor and a member of the team will get in touch.

Privacy notice

This privacy notice sets out how we use and protect any information that you give when working in a voluntary capacity as a governor or trustee.

School governor services

School governor services contact information

Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East , Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ