Be a Brent school governor

General Information


school governorsSchool governors are one of the largest groups of volunteers in the country, with volunteers working in their spare time to promote school improvement and effectiveness.

What a school governor does

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions.

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

Apply to be a school governor 

Who can apply?

Anyone over 18 who is keen to make a positive contribution. You do not necessarily need a background in education, although it would be an advantage if you have financial or human resources skills and the ability to analyse data.

What support will I get?

Each term you will receive a governance report, a comprehensive learning and development programme and e-learning courses which will keep you to date with legal requirements and new initiatives. 

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Meet a Brent School Governor

School governors can make a real difference to the lives and life chances of local children.

We need school governors with a range of different skills and backgrounds.  We spoke to several current governors to learn about their role. You can discover what inspired them and more here:

  • Governor pdfDarren - “It’s rewarding being part of something valuable. I’m not part of the Wembley community anymore but, as a governor, I can contribute to something outside of my regular life and give back.”
  • Daksha - “It makes it worthwhile when you see the community that we have succeed, when I know how much progress some kids have made and how well they have attained...as a governor I love knowing I’m involved in making this kind of difference.”
  • Mona - “I believe education is paramount; if you have a good education you can work your way out of any situation.”
  • Munira - “It is an opportunity to give back; I feel like I make a positive difference to the children, staff and parents through influencing decision-making and the direction of the school.”
  • Narinder - “I have a passion for education and believe that every child deserves the right access to a good education”
  • Titiola - “The qualities needed to be a governor are patience, curiosity and an interest in developing young minds. It will be the most important thing you do.”
  • Vijesh - “In my day job I work in a commercial environment where the focus is primarily in the short term. The governor role gives me a greater feel for longer term outcomes, not just this year but for future generations, with lasting impacts”