Be A School Governor

What does being a School Governor involve?

As a school governor you will be part of a corporate body known as the `Governing Body’ or ‘Board of Governors’.  The role of the governing body is critical to the effectiveness of the school.

School governors come from every walk of life and there is no requirement for you to have an educational background, or even have children at school.  The exact role in any school will depend on individual school’s circumstances (e.g. its size, outcome of a recent Ofsted inspection) but will always contribute to the over-arching work of the governing body and link to the main focus of school improvement, thus ensuring the children and young people are able to achieve to the best of their ability, in a safe environment.

So what would I have to do?

  • Commit to attend meetings (full governing body and committees)
  • Attend training
  • Visits to the school during the school day
  • Work as a team

Is training available?

A day’s `Governor Induction’ is run by the Governance Team and is recommended in the first 3 months of your new term of office. `Safeguarding Children for Governors’ training is also recommended in the first 6 months, as the welfare and safety of our children is paramount. Please check with your Chair of Governors or governor who oversees training for details of booking on. Once your governor term is confirmed, you will receive monthly emails with details of training courses on offer.

How do I make enquiries about becoming a governor?

If you are interested in becoming a governor please complete the application form and email to The information contained in your application will assist in matching your experience with a suitable vacancy in your preferred location. Please note if you are a parent of a child and would like to join the governing body of the school they attend you should contact the school direct regarding vacancies.

If you would like further detail or an informal discussion about becoming a Local Authority governor in Hertfordshire, please call 01438 843082.

If you are seeking to become a governor outside of Hertfordshire you can register with School Governors’ One Stop Shop (SGOSS).