Information for school governors

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School and Governor Support Service (SGSS)

SGSS continues to be a fully traded service within Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council since establishing in 1996. The service fully appreciates the current budget pressures and remains committed to ensuring our costs are competitive and as low as possible.

The service offers a clerking element with three levels of buy back available:

  • Level 1 offers the basic model available
  • Level 3 combines levels 1 and 2 with the inclusion of an annual health check and a bespoke in-house training session for your Governing Body

The service offers access to a support package focusing on aspects of school leadership and management support for schools or academies already employing their own clerk. The core elements of this support would be in relation to advice and day to day management and governance, guidance on key roles and responsibilities and consultancy in complex and challenging situations.

Your school or academy may require support for delicate or sensitive meetings such as pupil exclusions or hearings, clerked by an independent trained clerk. If you require this support please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.


The role of a School Governor 

Governors represent people from many walks of life; school staff, parents, the local community and even the church or organisations connected to the school. This means that school decisions are made by people with a wide range of experience and views.

The role of a school governor/director/trustee is to contribute to the work of the governing body/trust board in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school with three key functions:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring it is well spent

There is not a requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. Training is available to help you from the School and Governor Support Service as well as online training facilities NGA Learning Link. As a governor, director or trustee, you will be able to:

  • Use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations
  • Develop and utilise your skills
  • Make a valuable contribution to education and your community
  • Support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff

Governors, directors and trustees must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 


How to become a School Governor 

All over the country, school governors are helping headteachers ensure the next generation gets the best from school. They are volunteers who help decide on the direction, focus and ethos of schools.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please complete the following online Governor application form. Alternatively you can contact the School and Governor Support Service for more information.

Complete the Prospective Governor application form

You also have the right to request a copy of the personal information that the Council holds about you. To do this, please read the following documents and complete the privacy form.  


Contact the School and Governor Support Service

Telephone: 01642 526420

Email: [email protected]  

Address: School and Governor Support Service, The Education Centre at Stockton Sixth Form College, Bishopton Road West, Stockton-on-Tees, TS19 0QD


Useful links for new and existing Governors

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Information Commissioner’s Office
The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

National Governance Association (NGA)
The NGA is an independent charity representing and supporting governors, trustees and clerks in maintained schools and academies in England. The NGA’s goal is to improve the wellbeing of children and young people by increasing the effectiveness of governing boards and promoting high standards. It does this by providing information, advice, guidance, research and training. It also works closely with UK government and educational bodies, and is the leading campaigning national membership organisation for school governors and trustees.


Further information


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