The Role of Governors


Becoming a governor is a rewarding way of making an important contribution to education. It can help you develop your existing skills and learn new ones.

Who can become a governor?

Anyone aged 18 or over can become a school or college governor. No specialist qualifications are needed and people from many different backgrounds volunteer for the role.
Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don't need to have a family member attending a school or college to become a governor.

School governor duties are:

• setting the strategic direction, policies and objectives
• approving the budget
• reviewing progress against the budget and objectives
• challenging and supporting senior staff
• playing a part in appointing staff

The governing body in our school is made up of:

• Church or Diocese representatives
• staff representatives
• community governors, including parents

Governing bodies make their decisions based on the advice of committees.

Governing bodies in schools are accountable for:

• the use of public funds
• the quality of education provided
• the wider contribution to the community

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