Become a school governor

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. They are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

Local authority appointed (LA) governors

Local Authority governor places are non-political. An Appointments Panel submits nominations for governors at schools where there is an LA vacancy, based mainly on skills sets required by the school. Membership of the Panel includes elected members, school governors, diocesan and union representatives.

All candidates for LA governor places are asked to complete an application form:

The Appointments Panel meets as required to consider new appointments and re-appointments.

There are local authority governor vacancies at:

  • Burnley Road Academy
  • Cornholme J, I & N
  • Elland CE (VA) J, I & N
  • Ferney Lee Primary
  • Holywell Green Primary
  • Lee Mount Primary
  • Ling Bob J, I & N
  • Parkinson Lane Community Primary
  • Shade Primary
  • St Augustine’s CE (VA) J & I
  • St John’s CE Academy (Rishworth)
  • St Joseph’s RC Primary (Todmorden)
  • St Mary’s  Catholic Primary
  • St Michael & All Angels CE Primary
  • Todmorden CE (VA) J, I & N
  • Todmorden High
  • Warley Road Primary
  • Warley Town
  • Calderdale Pupil Referral Unit


If appointed, you are expected to carry out your responsibilities in accordance with the school's ethos and vision.

Before applying, please read: PDFCalderdale LA Governor Procedures [PDF 250KB] to see what will be expected.

When appointed, you will be asked for personal details that include home address, contact numbers and ethnicity data. All your information will be kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Appointments are be subject to satisfactory clearance in line with procedures at the time of your appointment for safeguarding children.

The role of the governing body

The governing body is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school. It is the school’s accountable body and as such:

  • provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It appoints and performance manages the headteacher, agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures;
  • monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy;
  • signs off the self evaluation process and responds to school improvement service and Ofsted reports as necessary. In addition it holds the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.

In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know their school community, for example through a small number of visits to the school during the school day.

How are governing bodies made up?

There are different types of schools with different categories of governors, which are:

Maintained Schools:

  • parent governors;
  • staff governors (headteacher, teaching and support staff);
  • local authority governors;
  • partnership governors (for foundation schools only);
  • foundation governors (for church and foundation schools).


Pupil Referral Units:

  • parent governors;
  • staff governors (headteacher, teaching and support staff);
  • local authority governors;
  • Sponsor governors;
  • Community governors.



Categories in academies vary and are sometimes called by different names. The main ones are:

  • parent governors;
  • staff governors (headteacher, teaching and support staff);
  • local authority governor;
  • co-opted governors.


Co-opted Governor

Co-opted governors are new to the constitution of governing bodies and are based on skills required by the governing body.

Although it is the responsibility for our schools to appoint co-opted governors, the LA is looking to assist our schools in finding the right candidate. In order to do this there is a section on the LA Application form that enables us to add candidates to our database in order to recommend them to schools if they fit their specification. If you are interested in either position please complete the LA application form above.


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