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About You

Employment and Education

Supporting Information and Skills

This information helps a governing body to decide whether you would be a good fit with their school or college and have the skills they are looking for.

A detailed personal statement allows schools to see how you will enhance their governing body.

Why be a school governor?

Governor volunteers work alongside the school's leadership team to agree targets, formulate school policy and plan for future development. They set strategic direction, create robust accountability and ensure sound financial practice.

People often want to become a governor to...
* Make a difference to the lives of the next generation
* Give something back to their community
* Utilise the skills they have developed at work to help a local school
* Gain experience of sitting on a governing body
* Show their belief in the importance of education and help improve it for all
* Make a positive contribution to children's education
* Take on a new challenge
Min 100 words Max 300 words


Please indicate your level of experience and skills for the below categories. A governing body is a team and will try to ensure that all necessary skills and knowledge are covered within the group. No individual is expected or required to have all of the below skills.

Skills Knowledge:
Basic - I use this skill in my day to day work life, but on an infrequent basis
Moderate - I use this skill frequently and have a reasonable amount of knowledge in this area
Extensive - This skill is integral to my working life, it is my specialist subject and I can provide expertise in this area
Other useful skills include:

Data Analysis
Performance Management
Community Relations
Chairing Meetings
Challenging Procedures
School Improvement
Special Educational Needs
Project Management

School and Travel Requirements

Preferences and travel requirements help us with our matching process. We cannot guarantee we will be able to fulfil the preferences for every applicant and encourage flexibility to maximise the opportunities available.

Please think carefully about your travel requirements and allow for the fact that governing body meeting times vary depending on the school or college.

We encourage volunteers to be as flexible as possible to ensure a successful match. If you are able to increase your commute time then we may be able to place you sooner.

If you do not know your school URN you can find it here.

If you have a child of school age you can become a 'parent governor' - even if your child does not attend the same school

Equal Opportunities

Governors for Schools is committed to a policy of equal opportunities under the Equalities Act 2010. We are committed to ensuring that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment and / or placement of our volunteers on the basis of age, disability, gender including transgender, race/ethnicity, or religion. This information is only used for internal monitoring.


Qualifications and Disqualifications

General grounds

Registered pupils cannot be governors.

A governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of his or her election or appointment.

For grounds that arise because of particular failings or actions on the part of the governor click here.

Data Protection

From time to time we would like to contact you with details of other services we provide including related e-Learning, information and support. We would also like to stay in touch to see how you are enjoying your role.

We would also like to gather and present trends and insight about our work. We will share this information with Local Authorities and employers to generate interest and opportunities for volunteers and schools.

We will store your data for 4 years, which is the term of office for a school governor. At this point we will contact you again in order to confirm whether you wish to remain on our database.

Our Privacy Policy can be viewed here.