Becoming a Governor

Being a governor is an important, challenging and rewarding role for anyone who wants to help children do better at school, cares about the education children receive, and wants to strengthen links between schools and their community.

Lymm High School’s governing body is made up of parent governors, elected by other parents with children at the school; staff governors, elected by school staff; LA governors, appointed by the Local Authority; community governors, chosen by the governing body from the community, including local businesses; and foundation governors appointed by the Lymm Grammar School trust. For information about vacancies on the governing body, please contact the Clerk to the Governors ( or telephone 01925 755458.

There are no formal qualifications to be a school governor. The one essential requirement is an interest in, and commitment to, the education of children. Governors are ordinary people, drawn from many areas of society. They need to be able to devote time to getting to know the school well and be available to support and challenge it. A governor must be a good listener, and someone who is able to read and take in information easily.

A governor must be able to:

  • raise questions and take part in discussion and decision-making
  • be discreet, open minded and fair
  • be a source of ideas and a good communicator
  • be enthusiastic about the work of the school
  • be prepared to work as part of a team.

The usual term of office for governors is four years. There is more information on the Department for Education website at: