Make a positive impact on the education of thousands of children and work towards better schools and a better community.


There can never have been a more important

time in our country’s recent history to be involved in education, and we need skilled and motivated governors who are committed to transforming our schools.

Lord Nash,
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools



Anyone aged 18 or over and living in the UK can be a governor.

Governors do not manage a school day-to-day, but are required to oversee its long-term development.

Ultimately, all governor responsibilities come back to this task and can be split into three core roles:





“Being a school governor is about each and every pupil. Not one child should go through my school without the best education possible.”

Tom, School Governor, Hertfordshire



I’m not a parent

You don’t need to have children or be a parent of a child at the school to become a school governor.

Time commitment

The average time commitment is 10-15 hours per term. This includes meetings, background reading and school visits.

School governors are like magistrates or members of a jury and therefore have a right to reasonable time off work for their public duties (this may be unpaid). Check with your H.R. department for your company’s policy.

Term of office

School governors have a term of office of four years. However, as a volunteer you can resign at any time if your circumstances change.


Governing bodies rely on a variety of experiences and perspectives. No prior knowledge is required. Training and support is available for new and existing governors and is free of charge. We recommend all new governors attend a governor induction programme.

Different types of governor

Governing bodies have representatives of school staff, the local authority, parents and members of the community. Despite representing different groups, all governors have exactly the same role and voting rights. If you are confused by any of the terminology we are always on hand to explain in more detail and help you understand your role.

The legal stuff

Responsibility for actions and decisions lies with the governing body as a whole and not with individual members. In addition the governing body is required by law to be covered by an insurance policy. If you are becoming a governor at an academy the legal position is slightly different, but there’s nothing to be concerned about and we will provide you with all the relevant information.


Schools need YOU!

There are currently thousands of vacancies across England

"You need a whole host of people and skills to make a good governing body. A diverse group of governors allows the school to have a rounded vision of where it can develop.”

Marie Stanley, Head Teacher



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Complete the SGOSS application form online.

When applying, you can specify your preference(s) for the type of school and/or your travelling criteria.



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SGOSS works in partnership with schools and local authorities to match you with the most suitable governor vacancy. We are always on hand to answer your questions and help you through the application process.



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Once a suitable vacancy becomes available, the school or local authority will contact you to check if you are still interested. If so, you are usually invited to meet the Head Teacher and/or Chair of Governors at the school.



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If you and the school are both happy, a place on the governing body will be offered. If you choose to accept the role, your term as a school governor will begin.