What do governors do?

School governors are the largest volunteer group in the country and are drawn from all walks of life.

What governors share is a passionate belief that all children deserve to have access to effective schools.

Being a school governor can be a very rewarding job. You have the opportunity to shape the development of your local school or a school of your choice.

The composition of a governing board should contain a wide range of people from the community. Different numbers of each type of governor are required for different types of schools and each governing board can adopt the model of their choice.

Who are school governors?

  • People who value education
  • Ordinary people who care about our children's futures
  • People from all walks of life
  • People who want to give something back to the community
  • Volunteers with experience of life
  • Anyone over 18 (with some exceptions see persons ineligible to be a governor)

As a school governor you will:

  • Help future generations gain access to the best possible education
  • Contribute to your local community
  • Gain new skills in human resources, finance and management
  • Access business networking opportunities
  • Use your current skills in a new environment

When you become a school governor, Salford governor services will provide:

  • Training to help you understand your role as a governor
  • Advice via the governor services helpline
  • Relevant and up-to-date information throughout your time as a governor

What do governors do?

Working closely with the headteacher, the main responsibility of governing boards is to determine the aims and overall conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. The specific duties of governing boards include setting staffing levels, appointing headteachers, setting and agreeing the school budget, ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered, as well as monitoring health and safety and the management of the premises.

If you would like to apply to become a school governor, please contact governor services on 0161 778 0265, or alternatively complete the expression of interest form below.

Expression of interest form

This page was last updated on 21 February 2023

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