Governors provide a voluntary role in a school, make key decisions and make sure policies and procedures are in place to support positive outcomes for all children. 

How to become a governor

How to become a School Governor or Academy Trustee

The role of a school governor or academy trustee is a very rewarding experience and there are currently vacancies within the Bolton borough.

Volunteering to become a school governor is a great way to contribute to your local community and improve the lives of local children. You do not need to be a parent or have specialist knowledge or training to become a governor as schools welcome those who can bring skills and expertise they have developed at work, or who have a good understanding of the community served by the school.

Effective governors do not need educational expertise but do need to be committed to their school, be willing to ask questions and to provide both constructive challenge and support. They also need to be able to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing board team with the aim of raising and maintaining high educational standards for all children.

For further information or to apply to become a school governor in your area, please visit the Bolton Governance Services website and select ‘apply now’:


Training and support

Training and Support

There is an expectation that governors, especially those new to the role, access training so that they can develop and enhance their knowledge and skills. There are many opportunities to undertake training, either through the Council’s Governance Services Team or directly from the school.

Bolton Governance Services provides quality and value for money services for governing and trust boards of authority maintained schools, non-maintained schools and academy trusts. It is a tried and tested service that provides governance expertise to the majority of establishments within the Bolton area. Not only does the service provide effective organisation and administrative support, but more importantly, helps boards understand their role, functions and legal duties through quality assured clerking, training and development.

Further information about the training provided by the Bolton Governance Services Team, please visit the Bolton Governance Services website.