The benefits of becoming a school governor

  • Build stronger links with your local community
  • Gain experience of thinking strategically and discussing high level decisions
  • Develop your ability to engaging and challenge (where appropriate) stakeholders at all levels
  • Maintain or develop your communication, teamwork, budgeting, problem-solving and management skills
  • Influence employability skills of young people and standard of education
  • An opportunity to work with a diverse range of people


Soph G (Small)

"Being a Governor helps me directly influence the education young people in my community receive. I got involved as I am passionate about education and the employability of young people in Leeds. It’s also helped to broaden my skills in strategic thinking and is the perfect experience for me to develop skills to take me to the next level in my career.

I am passionate about the arts and the school listened to this and paired me up with the arts department. I'd recommend becoming a school governor to any business volunteer."

Sophie Greenwood, Head of Service Excellence, Ahead Partnership

Business volunteering: become a school governor


Make the Grade is a partnership between business and education to equip young people with the skills they need for the working world - and this can include volunteering to be a governor as well as taking part in events that help young people understand the working world.

Governors have an important part to play in the management and effectiveness of schools right across the country. Becoming a school governor is a voluntary role where you will help the Headteacher and senior management team make the right decisions for the school and decide how to raise standards for all students.

At Ahead Partnership we help our partner schools recruit the right balance of expertise for their governing board through our links with local businesses.

On this page we will publish any school governor opportunities from our partner schools and you can contact the school directly if you'd like to get involved.

Who can be a school governor?

Anyone aged over 18 can be a governor. The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life as schools are very interested in hearing an alternative viewpoint from businesses.

At most schools you'll need to attend a meeting each half term and be part of a subcomittee relevant to your expertise and interests (so between 2-5 hours per month commitment.) The commitment is for a four-year term.

Governors make decisions on policy, finance and recruitment - so there's a wide range of areas to broaden if you become a volunteer.

In return the school will offer an introduction meeting with the Chair of Governors and/or Headteacher and training.

If you're looking for governors

If you're a partner school advertising for governors, please get in touch with Lola Wilson at to have the opportunity posted on this page.


Current governor opportunities

Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College - Chair of Governors

East Morton Primary School - Governor

Belle Vue Girls' Academy - Governor

St Philips C of E Primary Academy - Governor

For information about these posts at BDAT, please read the Governor Information or read the Governance Flyer here. Or contact


Wellspring Academy Trust - Governor

For information about these posts at Wellspring Academy Trust, please click here.