School governors

The information on this page relates to maintained schools. For details about how the role differs in Academies, please refer to the DfE Governance Structures and Roles.


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

Schools across Peterborough need people to volunteer as governors. A strong governing board ensures robust debate, which leads to better educational outcomes for children.

Volunteer as a school governor and support education in Peterborough

Whatever your professional background, your skills could transform a school. In return, you will be supporting your local community and benefiting from the chance to develop new skills.

You don’t need to be a parent or have experience working in education to be a school governor. Governing boards need a variety of perspectives and thrive with people from different backgrounds and lived experiences.

What school governors do

The governing board has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the senior leadership to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing financial performance of the school and ensuring money is well spent

Apply to become a school governor

How we support school governors

Governors in Peterborough are supported in their role by having access to information, advice, support, resources and training.

While volunteers don’t need any specific background or experience to become a school governor, completing training means you can be effective from your first day, helping improve educational outcomes for children.

The School Governance Team provides:

  • statutory functions for governors
  • termly briefings for governors
  • programme of training and support
  • a professional clerking service

Further information

To find out more about the governor role visit Governors for Schools is a national education charity that matches volunteers with local schools in need. They also has a number of free eLearning modules, including an introduction to school governance. The charity holds webinars each term on key governance topics, you can register for upcoming webinars and watch previous recordings.