School Governors

Governor Training Programme and Support
Our Governor Training Programme is offered to Church schools and Community, Foundation and independent schools. It complements LA provision and provides quality face-to-face training on all aspects of the role and responsibilities of Governors.

We deliver two main types of training:

  • Daytime and evening sessions at The Education Centre, next to Guildford Cathedral, in small groups of 6-20 governors
  • In-school training to whole governing bodies or a mix of governors and staff


Education Services to Schools

  • One of the key benefits of buying  PLATINUM or GOLD membership to Education Services to Schools is that governors are entitled to unlimited, FREE attendance of governor training courses at the Education Centre.
  • PLATINUM & GOLD membership of Services to Schools also entitles governors to FREE access to GEL online training.
  • For schools who are not members of Education Services to Schools, they can register for courses on a a pay-as-you-go basis (£100 per head).


For more information about Education Services to Schools click here.

Compared with other providers, we believe that both payment options offer good value for money.

Booking Places
Our Link Governors make all bookings online on our Link Governor website. This means that bookings are made and confirmed without having to fill out booking forms or wait for a reply.

Our Courses
Our Governor Training courses cover a wide range of areas.  For a full description of  courses in the Autumn term click here.

Our Trainers
Diocesan Officers from the Schools Team, Associate Consultants, Governors and serving Headteachers deliver the training. We offer a warm welcome, a friendly atmosphere and refreshments. The training is both professional and face-to-face, with time for discussion and questions at every session. There is opportunity to browse the resources for schools, parishes and individuals to borrow from our Resources Centre.

Heads and Chairs of Governing Bodies are invited to termly briefings at the Education Centre with the Diocesan Director of Education and the schools team. Clerks to Governing Bodies also attend their own briefing here. In addition, schools and governors always have access to the Diocesan Director and the schools’ education team.

Foundation Governors
Foundation governors play a vital role in the governance of church schools. The following file sets out in some detail the role and the appointment process:
Acrobat pdf doc (178KB)

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