Being a governor - what’s involved


As a school or college governor, your duties will include:

  • setting the strategic direction, policies and objectives 
  • approving the budget
  • reviewing progress against the budget and objectives
  • challenging and supporting senior staff 
  • playing a part in appointing staff


The governing body in schools and colleges is made up of: 

  • staff representatives
  • community governors, including parents or students
  • other local sponsors, like businesses


Governing bodies make their decisions based on the advice of committees. Governing bodies in schools and colleges are accountable for:

  • the use of public funds
  • the quality of education provided
  • the wider contribution to the community


You can find out more about becoming a school governor at the ‘School Governors’ One Stop Shop’ website (SGOSS). The ‘Governance Good Practice Guide’ tells you what is involved in being a college/school governor.