No. Schools need volunteers (whether parents or not) with experience of life, but some governors may have qualifications or professional skills.

  • You care about improving children’s educational attainment
  • you want to contribute to the local community
  • you want to work as part of a team and can value the contribution made by different people
  • you are willing to ask questions
  • you are open to ideas and willing to learn.
  • Enthusiasm and commitment.

If you are a parent, your own understanding of other parents’ concerns, but you don’t need to be a parent to be a good school governor.

If you are a parent or not, as a member of the school’s community your local knowledge will be valuable: you will have a feel for what is important to people.

If you happen to have business or other skills, schools might find these particularly helpful.


Governors Services
Haringey Education Partnership
Hornsey School for Girls
Inderwick Road
N8 9JF

Tel 0203 967 5093/5097
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