School governors

Interested in becoming a school governor?

Schools need governors

  • Do you have skills and commitment to contribute to raising standards?
  • Are you interested in education? 
  • Do you have the time to spare to attend meetings, usually in the evening? 
  • Do you want to put something back into the local community? 

If the answer is yes then read on.

Governors in Sutton

There are around 1000 volunteers who are serving as school governors in Sutton schools. Governors and trustees, working together in a team, can make a real difference to educational standards. Would you like to play a part in contributing to  the education service in Sutton? 

Who can be a governor

Governing bodies are made up of parents, school staff, persons nominated by the local authority, the Diocese for church schools and members of the local and wider community. Anyone over the age of 18 can be a governor, subject to some exceptions. Governors come from all walks of life and different backgrounds and possess the skills required to contribute to effective governance and the success of schools. We want our governing bodies to reflect our community and we would encourage people from all sections of the community, especially the ethnic minority communities, to put themselves forward.


Governors do not need any formal qualifications - having relevant skills and experience, an interest in education, a commitment to prepare for and attend meetings, conduct school visits and attend training are as important.

How much time it will take

The minimum time commitment is 10-15 hours per term. This may vary from school to school so please discuss the level of commitment with the prospective school to ensure you have the time to dedicate to this key role. This includes meetings, background reading, school visits and training. 

What to do next

If you are a parent of a child at a school you should contact the school and explain that you are interested in becoming a governor and they will inform you of any vacancies. Schools must inform all parents of vacancies for parent governors and conduct an election.

If you are not a parent you may still contact a school direct or register your interest with the Governors for Schools which will liaise with the local authority and advise you when a suitable skills match is identified with a school. 

If you require any further information please contact the Governor Support Service.

Contact us

Merton and Sutton Governor Support Services
Children, Schools and Families
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
SM4 5DX 

Tel: 020 8545 3307 / 3118 / 3923
Fax: 020 8545 3260