Becoming a Governor

Volunteer to become a school governor

Reasons to volunteer

Being a school governor means being interested in getting the best education for the pupils at the school. Governors can become involved in a range of school matters, which can include recruitment, finance and curriculum.

They also provide a strong link between the school and the local community, and an independent view to support the school on long term development and improvement.

Governing bodies meet on at least a termly basis and governors are also expected to get to know their schools through visits. There are a range of training opportunities available to help governors undertake their duties and develop their understanding of the key areas of school management.

Find out more

If you are interested in applying to become a school governor or want to find out more:

Apply to become a governor

Maintained schools

Governing bodies of maintained schools are made up from various types of governors. Some, such as Parent and Staff governors, are elected on to the governing body; others, such as Co-opted and Local Authority governors, are appointed by the governing body.

Parent or staff governors

  • You should in the first instance contact the school where your child goes to school or where you work to check whether they have vacancies
  • You will then need to download and complete the Word or PDF version of the form below and submit it to the school (do not use the online version)

All other governor types (co-opted, partnership, foundation)

You can apply on-line or download a Word or PDF version using the links below

Application forms