Become a School Governor in Sandwell 

If you get on with people, would like to learn something new and give something back to the community, then being a school governor may be for you. 

Governors perform an important voluntary role within Education. Volunteering is a great way to contribute to your local community, meet new people and improve the lives of local children. 

  • Are you able to commit to a minimum of 3 meetings a year? 
  • Do you have an interest in education?  
  • Are you concerned about young people’s development and school experience? 

Many organisations allow time out of work to allow for governance duties.  

Many Governing Board meetings are held virtually. 

A great personal development opportunity!

Are you interested in doing what is best for children and young people and able to commit to training so that you can fulfil all the duties expected of a school governor?  SIPS Education can provide this.  

You will usually be a school governor for four years. 

The Governing Board 

As part of the governing board, you are responsible for making sure the school provides good quality education. Together with the head teacher, you set the school aims and policies. 

Every school has a governing board and normally includes: 

  • Parents – elected by other parents of children at the school 
  • Local Authority – citizens appointed by the council 
  • Co-opted – members from the community 
  • Foundation  – appointed to voluntary schools to represent the church or trust 
  • Staff -school staff and the headteacher. 

What does the Governing Board do? 

The governing board: 

  • is accountable for the performance of the school 
  • plans for the school’s future 
  • selects the head teacher 
  • makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing 
  • makes sure the national curriculum is taught 
  • decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development 
  • makes sure that the school provides for all its pupils, including those with additional needs. 

Governor Training 

No prior knowledge is required. We provide an extensive governor training service designed to address individual, local and national issues. 

How to apply 

If you would like to be a governor or if you would like to find out more about becoming a school governor please email: