What is a school governor?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors - together they’re called the 'governing body'. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.

Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support headteachers, but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.

The purpose of governance.

The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

Roles and Responsibilities

Every school is different and meeting times and required hours of commitment vary accordingly however we typically say that you should be prepared to attend around 2 meetings a term, this includes full governor meetings and those for any committees that you would be expected to be a part of.


The time commitment for a first time governor is 4-8 hours a month including the time needed to do the relevant reading and travel to meetings. Meetings are normally held in the evenings so that they are accessible to those working full time. The time commitment only increases when you take on extra responsibilities such as attending head teachers performance review, child disciplinary panels and HR panels, amongst others, which may take place during the working day. These responsibilities are non-mandatory and are down to your own availability.

Interested in becoming a Governor? What skills do I need? What kind of people can carry out this role? Answers to all these questions and more in this video from Governors for Schools...

How do I apply to become a governor?

  1. Contact Us at SGS

  2. Via Governors for Schools website

  3. Via Inspiring Governors (NGA) website

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