School children

Become a school governor

Oxford alumni can make a huge difference to children and young people by becoming a school governor. Harness your professional skills to improve local education and gain experience of being on a board.

School governing boards need people with a wide range of skills, from finance to HR, and premises management. This is also a great opportunity to acquire new skills and gain experience of being on a board, which can benefit your professional career hugely. 

Governors work alongside the school’s senior leadership team to agree targets, formulate school policy and plan for future development. The three core responsibilities of a school governing body are to:

  • Articulate a clear and ambitious vision for the school
  • Hold the head teacher and senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and the outcomes of its pupils
  • Oversee the financial management of the school and ensure its money is well spent

You could get involved with setting strategy, performance management, recruiting the head teacher, staff consultation and agreeing budgets.  The time commitment is around 8 hours per month during term time, based on being a member of the full governing body and one committee.


SGOSS Governors for Schools is an independent charity dedicated to recruiting volunteers to serve on school governing bodies across England. It provides a free volunteer matching service, working with schools across England to find the right fit, based on skills and location. In 2016-17, SGOSS placed governors with experience of Finance, IT, HR, Health & Safety, Legal and Education. SGOSS will help new governors to get up to speed quickly through e-learning and wider support.

Find out more at or call SGOSS at 020 7354 9805.