Who are school governors?

There are over 3,500 school governors in Cambridgeshire helping headteachers and staff to ensure children and young people get the best from their time in school, making up the largest volunteer force in the county. If you are interested in becoming a school governor the Department for Education website has more information.

You do not have to have children at school to be a school governor, nor do you need specialist skills (although you should have appropriate skills and experience that would contribute to the effective governance and success of a school). You do need to be over 18, satisfy eligibility criteria set by the government and have the interest and ability to listen, think through new ideas and decide what is best for the school as part of a team.

What do school governors do?

The governing body works with the headteacher and staff to make sure the school provides a good quality education for its students, providing strategic direction to support the headteacher to make the operational day to day decisions.

The governing body has three core functions:

  • ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined
  • ensuring that the headteacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school
  • ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources 


The information above relates to maintained schools.  For details about Academies, please refer to the Department for Education's website.

The Governor Advisory Group

This group consists of governors representing all phases and types of school and  headteachers and teacher union representatives. The Governor Advisory Group meets on a regular basis to discuss governor issues with officers of the local authority. The remit of the Group is to:

  • work closely with the local authority in an advisory/consultative capacity
  • be consulted by the local authority on educational issues

They are appointed for a four year term of office.

If you wish to contact a representative please contact the School Governance Team.

How we support school governors

Governors in Cambridgeshire are supported in their role by having access to information, advice, support, resources and training in order to ensure they, alongside headteachers and clerks, are effective in carrying out their statutory duties and in improving the educational outcomes for children.

The School Governance Team provides:

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

Full details of these services are provided on the Learn Together website.