Become a school governor

Want to make a difference in your community, and develop your own professional skills? By volunteering as a school governor or trustee, you can do both.

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School governors and trustees play an important role in leading our schools

They set the strategic vision and direction, approve the budget and hold the senior leadership team to account.

Why become a school governor?

Our volunteers tell us that the benefits of being a governor are immense. These benefits include:

  • Developing your professional skills and experience such as strategic planning, chairing, financial planning, and team working, all of which are valued by employers and can assist your own career development;
  • Building relationships and networks in your locality and;
    Supporting children and young people in your community.

Anyone over the age of 18 can be a governor and you don’t need to be a parent. Find out more about the role.

Applying to become a governor is easy

Inspiring Governance can help you find a school governor role that develops, inspires and challenges you. It’s free and easy to use.

  • Connect with local schools and colleges via our easy-to-use website.
  • Our innovative mapping tool allows you to view opportunities near you and schools can see that you are interested.
  • Once appointed, receive free expert support and training from the National Governance Association (NGA), the leading independent charity that supports and promotes good governance in schools.

Sign up with Inspiring Governance and look for vacancies near you

  1. Your journey starts with a simple online registration. Tell us a little about your skills, experience and preferences in relation to being a governor.
  2. Your profile can be seen by local schools and colleges seeking new recruits.
  3. If your profile catches their eye, they will contact you through the website for an initial chat to start the process. Your commitment at this stage is simply to find out more.
  4. You can also view governor vacancies near you and express an interest for more information.

Volunteer as a school governor via Inspiring GovernanceIMPORTANT: If you have already signed up to Inspiring the Future, simply log in, click ‘My Profile, ‘My Activities’ and add School Governor. Your profile will then appear in searches made by local schools looking for governors.


If you want to know more about becoming a school governor, enter your details below and a member of the team will be in touch by email.

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