Stoke-On-Trent City Council

Are you interested in supporting children in your local community? Passionate about improving outcomes in schools to ensure young people reach their full potential? Then why not become a school governor!

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is only the second local authority in the country to sign up to the School Governor Champion Charter and pledge our support to champion the role of school governor and to enable our staff and encourage others to join the boards of local schools.

School governors come from all areas of society, ethnic backgrounds and ages. They are volunteers who play an important part in education across the City.

You don’t need to be a parent or have any formal qualifications to become a governor, but you must be willing to listen and to contribute to a team, have time to commit to a local school and want to improve local education.

Meetings are usually in the early evening, last a couple of hours and take place roughly twice a term.

We see supporting school governance as a win-win opportunity.  There are huge benefits to our organisation, our employees and our community by placing professionals in leadership positions in schools:

  • Schools recruit great local people to their boards.
  • Staff gain professional skills and experience that will help them at work and in their career.
  • Organisations benefit from free workforce development from staff developing professional skills in strategic planning, teamwork, influencing, communication, financial management, and much more.

We encourage more local employers to follow our lead.

To support you in your new governance role:

  • You will receive a complimentary copy of the induction guide Welcome to Governance, produced by the National Governance Association (NGA).
  • You can access our resources page with handy links to key documents and resources from the NGA and the DfE around the governance role
  • If aged under 40 then you are able to join the National Governance Association’s Young Governor Network
  • Your board will support your induction with access to a local or national training offer provided by your local authority, diocese, academy trust or the NGA. They may also provide a buddy scheme, pairing you up with a more experienced governor for your first term in role.


Questions? Please contact us at or phone 020 7566 4880.

Click here to register to become a school governor.


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