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Could you be a school governor?

by Lisa Bennett

Do you want children to have the very best start in life? To be able to attend a good school? For children to aim high and achieve their potential?

If so, have you considered becoming a school governor?

This is a voluntary position which allows you to make a valuable contribution to the success of schools in Knowsley.

Being a school governor is very rewarding. It’s a great way to contribute to your local community, make a difference, improve the life chances of all Knowsley children and ensure they have the very best educational opportunities.

As a local authority governor, you’ll be part of the Governing Board – an integral part of a school’s leadership.

You don’t need any qualification or experience as training, guidance and support is provided to help you to develop your skills and expertise and make a real and lasting impact on school improvement in Knowsley.

Whatever your circumstances – working, not working, volunteering, studying or retired – you’ll bring different skills, knowledge and experience to the board.


What does a school governor do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools including the appointment of the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one and it has three core responsibilities:-


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


In order to achieve these responsibilities, the Governing Board works with the school on planning and developing polices and keeping the school under review.

Local authority governors work as part of the governing board team to promote high standards of educational achievement for all children and young people.

As a school governor, you will be expected to get to know the school, visit the school in action and attend full governing board, relevant committee meetings and any training sessions to keep you up-to-date with developments and changes in education. Time commitments can vary on a school by school basis, but generally you would be expected to commit around 6 hours per month.

Interested in finding out more?

If you’d like to find out more, or apply to be a local authority school governor, please email louise.noon@knowsley.gov.uk or call on 07385 420450.