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School Governance in Wolverhampton

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country, and in Wolverhampton alone we need over 1200 School Governors to help raise school standards. There has never been a better time to join our team of volunteers; educational outcomes in the city have improved again this year and there has been a 15% increase in Good or Outstanding Ofsted ratings for Leadership and Management.

The City of Wolverhampton Council continually needs volunteers from a range of different backgrounds who can bring a variety of skills to the table, and welcome applications from anyone who has a passion for improving educational outcomes for children and young people. You do not have to be a parent, just motivated to implement change. If you are interested in joining our ever-expanding team of volunteers, or have any questions that you would like to ask, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the School Governance and Workforce team. 

What is it like to be a School Governor?

Watch the video below to find out what it is really like to be a School Governor in Wolverhampton. The video features four of our current School Governors and gives an insight into why they chose to be involved, and why you might want to as well.

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"All children and young people in Wolverhampton's schools achieve outcomes which exceed expectations by attending outstanding schools, where every Governing Board drives improved outcomes for young people through effective strategic leadership, challenge and support to the school." 

Roles of the Governing Board

The main aim of the Governing Board is to maintain and improve its school's standards of education.

All Governing Boards have three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

What is a School Governor?

Governors provide their time to help the school on a voluntary basis and come from a range of different backgrounds.

There are a variety of different roles within the governing board but ultimately it involves working with the head teacher and senior leadership team to make sure that the pupils at the school receive the best possible education.

Types of Governor

Parent - have a child in school
Staff - Are a member of staff in the school
Foundation - Appointed by the school's founding body, when it is a Church-run school
Local authority - Appointed to represent and report back to the Local Authority
Co-opted - Appointed to the Governing Board because of a specific skill set needed on the board.

Each school is responsible for managing the recruitment of their Governing Board, except in the case of Local Authority representatives, who are nominated by the School Workforce team in City of Wolverhampton Council. However, if you are interested in being a Governor, do contact us and we can put you in contact with appropriate schools.

Meet the Team

Charlotte Harding
School Workforce and Governance Coordinator
01902 554137

Contact Us


Telephone: 01902 554137

Write to:

Charlotte Harding
School Governance and Workforce Coordinator
School Leadership & Governance
1st Floor, Civic Centre
St Peter's Square