Effective Governors, Excellent Schools.

Governors for Schools finds, places, and supports skilled volunteers as school governors and academy trustees on school and academy boards.

We serve schools across England and Wales to run effectively by finding high calibre school governors to bring their skills and expertise to the table – and improve education for children.

School governors play a vital role in education.

The governing board plans the strategic direction of a school, makes sure public money is well spent, and holds school leadership to account.

A strong governing board ensures robust debate, which in turn leads to better educational outcomes for children.

Whatever your professional background, your skills could transform a school.

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Interested in becoming a school governor or academy trustee?

Apply online and we’ll match your skills to a local school or academy trust in need.

Our skills-based matching service means your unique background and experience will be put to good use - in a school that needs you most.

Looking for a new school governor or academy trustee?

Register your vacancy online in minutes and we’ll start the search for a volunteer that best matches your requirements.

Access school governor training and resources

Our eLearning modules and webinars are available for both new and existing school governors.

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Latest News

My school governance journey – Honey Fafowora

  Honey Fafowora is a Lead Policy Analyst at the Bank of England. She was appointed as a school governor through our service in January 2020, and sat on the board of Robert Barclay Academy until January 2024. We spoke to her about her school governance journey,…

Board diversity in schools: How do we measure up?

The oversight offered by a school’s governing board impacts on the experiences and opportunities available to thousands of children. And yet, research from GovernorHub into The missing pool of talent on school governing boards shows boards often lack diversity; 90% of school governors surveyed were white, 52%…

Governors for Schools: Update on our services

The education sector relies on over 200,000 volunteers to give their time and skills to sit on school and trust boards across the country. These individuals provide support, challenge, and strategic direction, holding leaders to account for meeting pupils’ needs.  Last month, Inspiring Governance…