Become a governor

Are you interested in becoming a school governor?

We are looking for new governors to support our schools in Birmingham, Hastings and Portsmouth.

Please note that applications to our London schools are currently on hold, with the exception of any school-specific advertised parent or staff governor roles.

Our governors work closely with their schools to support Ark’s goal that every pupil, regardless of their background or prior attainment, goes on to university or to the career of their choice.

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our online Governor Application Form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at


What skills, experience and commitment are required?

Governors attend four meetings a year and are asked to support and enrich the academy in a range of other ways including:

  • Undertaking school visits, at least once a term, outside LGB meetings.
  • Taking on a ‘link’ governor role, liaising with other governors in the locality on areas such as finance, data, special educational needs and literacy.
  • Sitting on panels related to the school.
  • Participating in the Ark Schools governor training and development programme.

We are looking for local people who would be committed to supporting Ark’s goals. You need time, enthusiasm and a deep commitment to support these schools to be the best they can for their communities.  A full programme of induction, training and support is provided and expenses are covered.

How does school governance work at Ark?

Our governing bodies work together to drive the vision and ethos of our schools, monitor educational and financial plans, and to provide support to the school in a way that is tailored to their priorities. Each governing body normally consists of 8-15 governors creating a balanced group with the right experiences, skills and connections to support the school in achieving exceptional performance.

Hear from an Ark Governor

Josie Verghese became a governor at Ark Walworth Academy in South London in 2012. She talks about how governors come from many walks of life, and explains that volunteering doesn’t require specialist skills – just a desire to get involved and offer your time and experience to become a critical friend to the school.

Read her blog here.