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Become a Governor

School governors provide critical challenge and support to the leadership team of a school with the aim of driving up standards. Becoming a school governor is a fantastic opportunity to have an impact on education and positively influence children’s lives.

Who can become a school governor?

You don’t have to have children at a school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations.

What’s really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education for children and young people in Sheffield.

Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches or businesses. It is important that you can work as part of a team and can give commitment to the school.

Skills and experience

Effective governors do not need to be experts in education – the main requirement needed is enthusiasm and commitment to the role. An effective governing board needs to have a range of governors who can contribute to areas such as strategic planning, identifying problems/considering solutions, finance and budgeting, procurement and purchasing, data analysis, Health and Safety, links with business/community and understanding of education policy


We have always placed a great emphasis on the importance of governor training and with this in mind, we provide a full range of governor training and development opportunities. Governors of schools and academies who subscribe to the service will have access to a yearly programme of courses that respond to national and local initiatives as well as having access to unlimited online governor training.

Why become a governor?

Becoming a School Governor is a fantastic opportunity to develop or utilise your own personal & strategic professional skills while giving back to the community. You will develop or maintain personal skills in strategic leadership & management, meaning it’s a perfect role for those embarking on a career or those retiring but still wanting to make use of their skills.

As a Governor you will build on or develop a diverse range of qualities, expertise, skills and experiences that could really benefit a school and its governing board, such as:

If you are passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people in Sheffield, both now and in the future, please sign up using the button above and make a valuable and much valued contribution.

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