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Becoming a Governor

Would you like to be involved in raising standards of achievement and improving and supporting education in Cardiff schools?  If so, why not consider becoming a school governor? (1.1mb PDF)Link opens in a new window


Governors bring a variety of experiences into the governing body from many different backgrounds.


  • Work with the headteacher to determine the overall direction, aims, policies and priorities of the school through involvement in the School Improvement Plan, School Self Evaluation and renewal and approval of statutory policies and documents;
  • Monitor the performance of the school and ensure a strategic and systematic approach is in place to promote high standards of educational achievement, attendance and behaviour, including the rigorous review of published performance data;
  • Act as a “critical friend” setting targets by which progress for pupil achievement can be measured;
  • Ensure that all learners have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and that all statutory requirements are met;
  • Determine and monitor the school budget;
  • Decide the number of staff and involvement in all staffing processes including pay, staff appointments, performance management, suspension, disciplinary issues and dismissal, grievances;
  • Provide parents with information through the Annual Report to Parents, School Prospectus and meetings requested by parents;
  • Produce an action plan and monitor progress following an Estyn Inspection;
  • Look after the well-being and safeguarding of learners including the promotion of Healthy Eating;
  • Have awareness of their responsibilities in equality matters and where to seek advice;
  • Undertake evaluation of the Governing Body’s own performance as and when required.
Being a school governor can bring great satisfaction through the opportunity to make a difference to the effective running of a school.

Governors work as a team in contributing knowledge and expertise and in making collective decisions for the school.  As a governor you acquire transferable skills and experience that can benefit you both personally and professionally.

Free training is also provided each term on a number of subjects essential to support you in your role.
As a governor you should be able to:

  • Attend and participate in governors meetings on a regular basis (usually six full Governing Body meetings plus committee meetings);
  • Attend mandatory training provided by the Local Authority;
  • Attend other training sessions to further your knowledge and expertise;
  • Spend time getting to know the school through link governor visits/learning walks;
  • Participate in other panels such as appointments, staffing, pupil issues and complaints;
  • Respect confidentiality at all times.
  • Adhere to your Governing Body’s Code of Conduct/Governors’ Wales Principles of Conduct at all times
There are a number of different types of governors, for instance some are appointed by parents, some by the Local Authority (LA) and some by governors themselves.  Governor Services will be pleased to support you in making your application and will explain the appropriate appointment processes for you. 
If you wish to apply to become a governor, then please complete the Governor Application Form (2.32mb DOC)Link opens in a new window  ​​by emailing​ or by posting to the address below:

Governor Services
CF10 5GZ

The Local Authority is required to publish selection criteria (91kb PDF)Link opens in a new window Link opens in a new window which are to be used for the identification and appointment of LA Governors. A list of current and future vacancies (171kb PDF)Link opens in a new window Link opens in a new window​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window are available and are updated termly.
Alternatively, if you wish to discuss your application or eligibility further then please contact us

029 20872714