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Become a school governor

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School governors help to make sure children receive a high standard of education, and achieve their full potential. They work with headteachers to support and improve schools.

There are four kinds of school governors in maintained schools:

  • elected governors
  • co-opted governors
  • foundation governors
  • local authority governors

If you want to become a governor for:

  • an elected or co-opted school then you should apply directly to the school.
  • a foundation school you should apply to the appropriate diocese (this is for church schools),
  • a local authority school then you should apply to us - you’ll be invited to talk about your application with one of our governor services representatives, a governor and/or a headteacher

Governors of academies are appointed by the Academy Trust Members. If you would like to be a governor or Trustee in an academy you should approach the school directly.

Be prepared to explain the skills and attributes you think you could bring to being a governor or Trustee.

Your role as a school governor

You’ll be part of a governing body. Each body has between 10 to 21 people. They are responsible for:

  • agreeing development priorities
  • setting targets
  • agreeing policies and practice
  • agreeing an annual budget
  • appointing the headteacher and other senior staff
  • developing services to meet a school’s needs as part of the wider community

Apply to become a local authority school governor

If you want to be a local authority governor, you can contact us by email at to check if there are any current vacancies before completing our application form.

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