School governors

Who are school governors?

School governors play a vital part in the success of schools. They are volunteers, who work with the head and the council to improve standards in their school. 

Every school has a governing body, which could consist of between 9 and 20 people depending on the size and type of the school.

They are:

  • Parent governors who have a child at the school and are elected by other parents.
  • Teacher governors who work at the school and are elected by other teachers.
  • Staff governors who are members of the non-teaching/support staff at the school and are elected by their colleagues.
  • Local education authority governors who are appointed by the Council through the political parties.
  • Co-opted governors who are appointed by other governors as representatives of the wider local community, as business representatives, or because of particular skills that they can bring to the governing body.
  • Foundation governors who are appointed by the Church or Trust which supports the school.

Heads can choose whether or not to be a governor at their school.

Wandsworth School governors website

If you are a school governor in Wandsworth, visit our School Governor website. You can find information on:

  • Training
  • Meetings
  • Advice on good practice and procedures



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