Could you be a school governor?

school governor

school governor

Are you interested in supporting and improving children’s education?

Would you like to develop your own skills through volunteering?

If so, why not consider becoming a school governor?

You don’t need to be a parent or have any formal qualifications to become a governor, but you do need:

  • a willingness to listen and to contribute to a team
  • time to commit to a local school
  • the desire to improve education in the community

Our local schools are looking for new governor volunteers from a variety of different professional backgrounds; from finance to law, data analysis to IT and HR to premises management.

Governing bodies play an important part in raising school standards. They:

  1. Help the school decide what its aims are for the future
  2. Keep a close eye on how well the school is doing
  3. Help look after the school’s finances.

A governor’s job is to support the school and challenge the management team. They also share their professional knowledge and skills.

Meetings are usually in the early evening, last a couple of hours and take place roughly twice a term. Free training is provided for governors.

Alison O’Sullivan, Director for Children and Young People in Kirklees and also national President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“Our aim is always to make sure that children and young people enjoy the best possible standards of care and education.

Governors are vital to this work and, in both my local and national roles, I have seen first-hand the enormous contribution that they make to schools.

Becoming a school governor not only helps people to develop their own skills but also helps to improve outcomes for children.

It is highly rewarding and makes a long-term difference to lives and communities.”

Cllr David Sheard, Leader of Kirklees Council said:

“Schools are a vital community asset…and it is important that schools do not become detached from the locality they serve. [Governance] provides an excellent opportunity for citizens to “put something back” into their local area.”

From this, it is easy to see why school governors play such an important role. Why not go back to school this September and join the biggest volunteer force in education?

How do you apply to be a school governor?

You can find out more about the roles and responsibilities of a school governor by visiting the SGOSS – Governors for Schools website and applying there.

You can also contact SGOSS’s area manager who is happy to answer your questions and will have the latest vacancy information for local schools.

To get in touch you can email: or call Gemma on 020 7288 9536.

You can also contact Amerjit Sahota at Kirklees Children & Young People Service on 01484 414701 or email:

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