School governors

How can I become a school governor?

Governing bodies of schools are made up of all kinds of different people. You do not have to be a parent or an education expert, but you do need to be a good team player and willing to learn more about your role. This can be done by attending training, school visits and sharing information and experience with other governors.

We are keen to ensure that the membership of our governing bodies reflects the diversity of the pupils in our schools and communities. Therefore, we welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Further details about the role can be found in Become a school governor (PDF 170KB).


Please tell us before you apply if you have a background in school governance, education or children's services, as you could be considered for a local authority governor post and there is a different appointment process.

If you have other skills and experience, please complete a co-opted governor application form (MS Word 98KB) and email the form to the School and Governance Development Team (details below).  If you wish to be considered for a post in a particular area or school, then please contact the team to check where there are current vacancies.

The following governing bodies have submitted adverts outlining the skills and experience they are currently looking for, so please contact them directly for more information:

School and Governance Development Team

Part of the team's role is to provide advice, support and training for school governors. The team is also responsible for the induction of newly qualified teachers (NQTs), co-ordinates safeguarding & child protection training for school staff and also headteacher development.

Tel: 01273 293465

Information for governors and clerks

Further information about our service can be found on these pages: