If you get on with people, would like to learn something new and give something back to the community, then being a school governor may be for you.


A governor's role

As a governor you work as a volunteer and have an interest in educating or teaching, who represents members of the community and the schools' staff. You are part of a team who is responsible for everything that a school accomplishes, provide support for the school, and you also give critical views on the schools' standards and management issues.

Every school has a governing body. It normally includes:

  • Parent-governor
  • Governors of the Local Education Authority
  • Community Governors
  • Additional Community Governors
  • Foundation Governors
  • Teacher-governor
  • Staff-governor


How to become a school governor

For more information on how to become a governor contact the Governor Support Unit:


Phone: (01286) 679 303

Address:Governor Support Unit, Education Office, Gwynedd Council, Castle Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1SH.

Governors Booklet

The governors booklet gives guidance for Gwynedd school governors. It is hoped that you find the contents useful in helping you to accomplish your ‘critical friend’ role in supporting your schools to ensure the best possible conditions for children and staff.



To register for a course Download Governor Training Courses Registration Form complete it, and send it to the address noted on the form.

To complete the mandated online training follow the link to the Cynnal website - To receive your password contact Gwynedd Council's governors support assistant on 01286 679 303.

Health and Safety Training for School Governors - Spring 2015


Governor handbook

This booklet has been produced to give guidance to Gwynedd school governors. It is hoped that the contents can help you to accomplish your role and support your schools to ensure the best possible conditions for children and staff.



The guidelines below are relevant for head teachers, clerks, chairmen and governors:

Guidelines which are only relevant to head teachers, clerks and chairmen: