How to become a School Governor

As a School Governor you could play an important role in shaping the future of the local education service

Schools need enthusiastic and committed people who will bring with them a wide range of experience and views. 


If you are interested in being a school governor contact the Governors' Support Service via:

What do School Governors do?

School Governors work closely with the Headteacher and school staff. Together they are responsible for:

  • academic performance
  • financial management
  • recruitment of teachers and support staff
  • dealing with complaints
  • the ‘image’ of the school within the local community
  • asking questions, gathering views and deciding what is in the school’s best interests

In addition:

  • the work is voluntary, takes enthusiasm and some of your spare time
  • you will learn new skills and know that you are making a real contribution to our local community
  • you don’t have to know everything from the start – be prepared to build up your knowledge over a period of time

Who are the School Governors?

All schools have a Governing Body. The size of the Governing Body will vary from one school to another.

There are several different categories of Governor: 

  • Parent Governors - elected by parents at the school 
  • Staff Governors - elected by teaching and non-teaching colleagues at the school 
  • Local Authority Governors - appointed by the Local Authority 
  • Foundation Governors - appointed by the relevant Diocese (In Church schools only) 
  • Co-opted Governors - appointed by existing members of the Governing Body for their particular skills and knowledge 

Further information:

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Doncaster Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects Governors to share this commitment. An appointment to a school's Governing Body is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which must be undertaken within 21 days of your appointment.

Last updated: 20 November 2017 10:09:02