School Governor information

Governors have a vital role to play as the link between schools and the local community.

The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the Governing Board in raising standards and maximising outcomes for all pupils. This involves providing a strategic view for the school, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability.

The individual governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the Governing Board, to the staff and pupils of the school and the school's wider community.

Responsibilities of the governing board include:

  • Developing the strategic plan for the school
  • Determining aims, policies and priorities of the school
  • Setting statutory and non-statutory targets
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school
  • Appointment of staff and ensuring the implementation of a range of personnel procedures
  • Management of the budget
  • Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour
  • Ensuring that all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is suitable to their age, aptitude and ability, which prepares them for adult life
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff

As a governor you would be expected to:

  • Display an interest or involvement in children's education
  • Get to know the school: its needs, strengths and areas for development
  • Attend meetings (full governing board, committees and working groups)
  • Work as a member of a team
  • Speak, act and vote in the best interests of the school
  • Respect all governing board decisions and to support them in public
  • Act within the framework of the policies of the governing board and legal requirements
  • Commit to training and development opportunities

Vacancies for elected governors are dealt with by the school when a vacancy occurs. The relevant Diocese oversees the arrangements for the appointment of foundation governors in church schools. Please speak to the relevant school about these types of vacancies. A list of all the schools in Sunderland can be downloaded in the Schools Directory below.

For community, co-opted or local authority governorships, applications from all sections of the community are welcomed and will be considered.

If you would like to be considered as a governor of a school in Sunderland, please complete the online application form. 

Before proceeding, please check that you are not disqualified from holding office by reading the School Governance regulations. You may also wish to view a list of general competencies we would expect from a school governor, which can be viewed online at Governance handbook and competency framework.

For more information contact the Governor Support Team on 0191 561 2626 or email


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