Isle of Wight Council

School Governors

How to volunteer


If you have a few hours spare each month, why not consider supporting an IW school by becoming a School Governor.

Schools value their partnerships with the local community, which brings great benefits to their children. 

You can support this by volunteering to be a school governor.

You don’t need to have any experience or connection to the school.  Training and a full range of support are available to help you get to know more about the role and find out which areas are of interest to you. 

Governance is a rewarding role where you will be able to meet new people, develop your own skills and confidence and work as part of a team

All you need is:

  • a desire to contribute to the development of the school and its community

  • an interest in ensuring all children are able to enjoy and get the most out of their time in school

  • an open and enquiring mind

  • the ability to look at issues objectively

  • a willingness to listen, ask questions and make informed judgements

  • the ability to work well with others

  • time to help make a difference


The governing board provides strategic direction and supports school improvement. Governors work as a team to oversee and hold the school to account for educational performance and financial probity. 

Governing bodies are more effective when they can draw on a diverse range of experience, skills and abilities. Applications will be welcomed from anyone who would be prepared to give time and commitment to supporting a school and its children on the road to improvement.

Apply online: School Governor Application Form - IW Forms ( 

For further information please email