The role of a school governor

School governors are members of a school’s Governing Body. The Governing Body has responsibility for raising school standards through three key roles:

  • setting strategic direction,
  • ensuring accountability
  • monitoring & evaluating school performance.

They are the largest volunteer force in the country. Governing Bodies are made up of parents, staff, members of the community and appointed representatives from the Local Authority

Who can become a school governor?

No special qualifications are required to be a governor, and you don’t need to have a child at the school, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed. Rather than qualifications, governors will need to have certain qualities to be supportive and effective for example, enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. All Governors are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) before they become a school governor.

Please visit our Governors page for more information about the team of Governors.

How to become a governor

New governors are appointed once a vacancy arises. This usually occurs when an existing governor's term of office ends, a governor moves on or there are changes in legalities. New vacancies any how to apply for them will be advertised though letters in school and on the school website. If there are multiple applicants then votes from the parent body may need to be collected. If you would like further information about becoming a governor in general please visit the Hackney Learning Trust governors section for more information and to apply here or contact the school.

For more information about being a governor in general please visit these links:


National Governors’ Association


Message from the Chair of Governors

I have been involved with education as a teacher, lecturer, Adviser, Inspector and governor. I have been involved with Berger primary school since 1990. Since 1998 I have been on the governing body and chair since 2001. I am excited by the changes taking place at the school and the wonderful environment that is being provided for all of the pupils in the school.

John I’Anson Dip Ed, M.A. M.Sc.