Our history

Since 1999, Governors for Schools has been connecting skilled and committed volunteers with schools across England.

  • In 1999, ‘School Governors’ One-Stop Shop’ as we were then known, was set up as a government pilot scheme placing business professionals in schools to improve inner-city school performance.
  • The pilot scheme was a resounding success and school performance in the trial areas improved as a result of skills-based governance. We went on to place over 2000 volunteers in our first 6 years.
  • In 2005, the pilot scheme was made permanent and we became a national charity with the name SGOSS.
  • In 2017, we rebranded to Governors for Schools. In the last 5 years alone, we placed over 11,000 volunteers in schools across England.
  • Today, we’re continuing to raise educational standards in schools through effective governance, shaping children’s lives.

Our funding

We’re an independent charity and receive no government funding.

We’re funded by foundations and organisations whose generosity enables us to find and place governors on school governing boards across England.


Our funders

80:20 Foundation