Becoming a School Governor

Welcome to Leadership and Governance Services and thank you for exploring the possibility of becoming a school governor. Governors come from all sections of the community and from all walks of life. What is really important is that you work as part of a team and can give a commitment to the school.

Governors are part of a team that work together to ensure that all pupils can develop as individuals and receive an outstanding education. Working closely with the headteacher and staff, they have responsibility for the strategic management of the school.

All schools have a full governing board meeting once a term, occasionally two, and you will join a committee. Committees are usually where the detailed discussion and work takes place.

As a governor you will need to get to know your school, this will help you understand the impact of the decisions that you make will have. There is an extensive governor programme designed to ensure that governors' training needs are met. In addition to this there will be the help and support of colleague governors together with advice from the headteacher and the LA to help you become familiar with your role as quickly as possible.

Read the  Frequently asked questionsthat may help support you in your decision to become a school governor. If you would like to hear why some of our current governors enjoy the role you can read their profiles

If you decide you would like to become a governor please complete the Governor Application Form. A member of the Leadership and Governance Team will be in contact with you to discuss further.

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. People will bring different skills and experiences to the role which may better qualify them for a specific category of governor. 

LA Governors - the process

The way in which the LA nominate governors to maintained schools' governing boards has changed click the following links below for the updated process:

There are some circumstances in which individuals are disqualified from becoming a governor. Please click the following link Disqualification from membership of governing boards of maintained schoolsfor further information.

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Last Updated: 3 September 2018