School Governor

Share your skills, experience and insight voluntarily to make schools successful for everyone

About the opportunity

Your skills, experience and insight is hugely valuable in supporting schools and shaping the life chances of young people.

Tasks and duties

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions: Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent; holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

Governors make decisions about the future of schools; they set the aims and objectives for the school or group of schools and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They decide how funding is spent, support and challenge executive leaders, guide what children learn and the values they live by. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher. These activities influence the direction of the school and ultimately shape young people’s opportunities to achieve their full potential.


There are many training and development opportunities to support governors in their role and also provide useful transferable skills.


There are more than 500 schools in Hampshire and they all need committed volunteers to be school governors.

How to apply

To find out more and apply, please visit the Hampshire Governor Services website.

Who we are looking for

Governors need:

  • a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children
  • time
  • the inquisitiveness to question and analyse
  • willingness to learn
  • good inter-personal and team working skills
  • appropriate levels of literacy in English
  • sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data.