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We offer a wide range of support to schools and academies in Middlesbrough. We can help schools prepare for Ofsted and provide robust evidence of strong leadership and management.

What do School Governors/Trustees do?

School Governors and Trustees help head teachers and staff to make sure the school provides a good quality education, and children and young people get the best from their time there. School Governors and Trustees make up the largest volunteer workforce in the country. If you're interested in becoming a school governor, the Department for Education website has more information.

School Governors and Trustees provide strategic leadership and accountability in school. They appoint head teachers and other staff. In some schools, the site is owned by the Governing Board. Governors and Trustees hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and they work with the head teacher to make decisions about balancing resources.

The Governing Board's three core functions are to:

  • ensure the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction are clear
  • hold the Head Teacher/CEO to account for the educational performance of the school or academy
  • oversee the financial performance of the school or academy

Who can be a School Governor/Trustee?

You don't have to have children at school to be a School Governor or Trustee. You also don't need any specialist skills, but you should have appropriate skills and experience that would contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. You do need to be over 18, satisfy eligibility criteria set by the government, and have the interest and ability to listen, think through new ideas, and decide what is best from the school as part of a team.

How we support School Governors/Trustees and schools

Governors and Trustees in Middlesbrough are supported in their role by having access to information, advice, support, resources and training in order to ensure they, alongside the head teacher and clerks, can effectively carry out their statutory duties and improve education outcomes for children.

Middlesbrough Governor Development Service provides:

  • statutory functions for Governors
  • termly updates and forums for Governors
  • a programme of training and support

The support we offer schools is mainly provided using service level agreements:

  • advice and clerking
  • support to the Chair of Governors
  • Governor development and training


Apply to become a School Governor/Trustee

The governor application form is also available to download and fill in. Download the governor application form (DOC).

Find out more about becoming a School Governor in Middlesbrough (PDF)

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