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Become a Governor

A ‘school governor’ is a volunteer who acts as part of a formal board of volunteers to collectively support, advise and challenge school leaders to achieve the very best for the children and young people they serve.

Governors are, in my view, the unsung heroes of the system

Sir David Carter

What is a local governor?

Within United Learning, local governors contribute to the overall governance of the multi-academy trust (MAT) at an individual school level. They are the eyes and ears of the trust on the ground, the critical friends of each school. They bring their skills and expertise to help a school achieve its aims by offering critique and support in equal measure.

Their different and diverse perspectives and experiences help leaders to reflect, see things more clearly, spot new ways of looking at a situation and make better decisions - to the ultimate good the school is trying to achieve, of educated, successful children passing with joy and confidence to the next stage of their life. 

This is a challenging and deeply rewarding role where individuals can make a real difference to a school within its community. In carrying it out, our local governors provide immense value to their schools and to United Learning as a whole. 

How to apply

If you would like more information on becoming a local governor for United Learning please email Lesley Dolben at

Benefits of being a governor

Improve the lives of young people

You will have the opportunity to help to improve the lives of children and young people by being a critical friend of the school.  Holding leaders to account as you join their school improvement journey.  Upholding the Group strategy, whilst monitoring the school’s performance and uniqueness.

Help ensure voices are heard

The role contributes to society as a whole and more specifically within the local community.  You will forge links with stakeholders – parents, staff and students.  

Grow personal skills

Your skills and experience will be valued as part of a team and you may have the opportunity to gain new skills through liaison with school staff and students, negotiation, decision making, chairing and by being part of the school community.

Our Schools

Our schools stretch from Carlisle to Bournemouth, and Ashford to Hull. Explore our schools using the map below, or use the search function.

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primary Abbey Hey Primary Academy
Abbey Hey Primary Academy

Abbey Hey Lane, Gorton, Manchester, M18 8PF

Head : Mr Paul Graham

secondary Accrington Academy
Accrington Academy

Queens Road West, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 4FF

Principal : Mr Jamie Peel

independent AKS Lytham
AKS Lytham

Clifton Drive South, Lytham St Annes, FY8 1DT

Headmaster : David Harrow

independent Ashford School

Ashford School

East Hill, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8PB

Headmaster of Ashford School : Michael Hall

secondary Avonbourne Boys' and Girls' Academies
Avonbourne Boys' and Girls' Academies

Harewood Avenue Bournemouth Dorset BH7 6NY

Principal : Michelle Dyer

primary Avonwood Primary School
Avonwood Primary School

Harewood Avenue Bournemouth Dorset BH7 6NB

Headteacher : Chris Jackson

secondary Bacon's College
Bacon's College

Timber Pond Road, Rotherhithe, London , SE16 6AT

Principal : James Wilson

independent Banstead Preparatory School
Banstead Preparatory School

Sutton Lane, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3RA

Head : Jon Chesworth BEd (Hons.)

secondary Barnsley Academy
Barnsley Academy

Farm Road, Kendray, Barnsley, S70 3DL

Principal : Mr N. Khan

primary Beacon View Primary Academy
Beacon View Primary Academy

Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3PS

Principal : Sally Hodgson

primary Brentnall Academy
Brentnall Academy

Northumberland Street, Salford, M7 4RP

Executive Principal : Mrs Catherine Horton-Hale

Head of School : Mrs Clyne

secondary Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology
Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology

Robinson Way Cambridge CB2 0SZ

Principal : Danielle Pacey

secondary Campion School and Language College

Campion School and Language College

Kislingbury Road, Bugbrooke, Northampton, NN7 3QG

Headteacher : Ms Patricia Hammond

secondary Castle View Academy
Castle View Academy

Castle View Academy, Allaway Avenue, Portsmouth, PO6 4QP

Principal : Adam Potter

secondary Chilmington Green School
Chilmington Green School

Principal : Jon Rutland

secondary Coleridge Community College
Coleridge Community College

Radegund Road Cambridge CB1 3RJ

Interim Principal : Richard Shaw

primary Corngreaves Academy
Corngreaves Academy

Plant Street, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, B64 6EZ

Headteacher : Sarah Green

independent Coworth Flexlands School
Coworth Flexlands School

Valley End, Chobham, Surrey. GU24 8TE

Head : Miss Nicola Cowell

primary Cravenwood Primary Academy
Cravenwood Primary Academy

Cravenwood Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, M8 5AE

Principal : Ms J Garratt

primary Dukesgate Academy
Dukesgate Academy

Earlesdon Crescent, Little Hulton, Salford. M38 9HF

Principal : Mrs A Eldridge

independent Dunottar School
Dunottar School

High Trees Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7EL

Headmaster : Mr Mark Tottman

independent Embley

Embley Park, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6ZE

Headmaster : Cliff Canning

secondary Ernest Bevin Academy
Ernest Bevin Academy

Beechcroft Road, Tooting, London, SW17 7DF

Principal : Tracy Dohel

primary Fulham Primary School
Fulham Primary School

Halford Road London SW6 1JU

Acting Headteacher : Maryanne Boon

secondary The George Eliot Academy

The George Eliot Academy

Principal : Mrs H Zakary

secondary Glenmoor and Winton Academies
Glenmoor and Winton Academies

Beswick Avenue, Ensbury Park, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH10 4EX

Principal : Sam Viney

allthrough Goresbrook School
Goresbrook School

Ripple Road, Dagenham, RM9 6XW

Principal : Mrs E Perryman / Megan Harris

primary Grange Primary Academy
Grange Primary Academy

Dorothy Road, Kettering, Northants, NN16 OPL

Head Teacher : Mr C J Latimer

primary Glebe Primary School
Glebe Primary School

​Church Lane, ​Southwick,​​​​​​​​​​ Brighton

Headteacher : Mrs Crutchfield

independent Godolphin School
Godolphin School

Milford Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP1 2RA

Head : Jenny Price

independent Guildford High School
Guildford High School

London Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1SJ

Executive Head : Mrs Fiona Boulton OBE

primary Ham Dingle Primary School
Ham Dingle Primary School

Old Ham Lane, Pedmore, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY9 0UN

Headteacher : Andrew Tilley

primary Hanwell Fields Community School
Hanwell Fields Community School

Rotary Way, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 1ER

Headteacher : Alex Pearson

Hartshill Academy

Hartshill Academy

Church Road, Hartshill, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0NA


secondary Heath Lane Academy

Heath Lane Academy

Heath Lane, Earl Shilton, LE9 7PD

Principal : Mr Mark Trimingham

primary High Hazels Academy
High Hazels Academy

Fisher Lane, Darnall, Sheffield, S9 4RP

Principal : Ms Marie Elliott

primary Hill View Primary School
Hill View Primary School

Hill View Crescent, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 1DN

Executive Principal : Mrs Ferens

secondary Holland Park School

Holland Park School

Airlie Gardens, London W8 7AF

Headteacher : Steve Parsons

secondary Huish Episcopi Academy
Huish Episcopi Academy

Wincanton Road, Langport, Somerset, TA10 9SS

Interim Principal : Nat Parnell

primary Hunningley Primary School
Hunningley Primary School

Hunningley Lane, Barnsley, S70 3DT

Principal : Mrs Catherine Horton-Hale

secondary Irlam and Cadishead Academy
Irlam and Cadishead Academy

Station Road, Irlam, Manchester, M44 5ZR

Principal : Mrs T Holdsworth

allthrough Kettering Buccleuch Academy
Kettering Buccleuch Academy

Weekley Glebe Road, Kettering, Northants, NN16 9NS

Principal : Dino Di Salvo

primary Langford Primary
Langford Primary

Gilstead Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2LG

Head of School : Victoria Kidds

independent Lincoln Minster School
Lincoln Minster School

Upper Lindum Street, Lincoln, LN2 5RW

Head : Jon Tyler

primary Longshaw Primary Academy
Longshaw Primary Academy

Longshaw Road, Chingford, E4 6LH

Head Teacher : Jane Woods

secondary Manchester Academy
Manchester Academy

Moss Lane East, Manchester, Moss Side, M14 4PX

Principal : James Eldon

primary Marlborough Road Academy
Marlborough Road Academy

Dudley Street Salford M7 4XD

Principal : Judith Richens

primary Marsden Heights Community College
Marsden Heights Community College

Edge End Lane, Nelson, Lancs, BB9 OPR

Headteacher : Alyson Littlewood

secondary Midhurst Rother College
Midhurst Rother College

North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DT

Principal : Stuart Edwards

secondary Newstead Wood School
Newstead Wood School

Avebury Road, Orpington, Kent. BR6 9SA

Headteacher : Mr Alan Blount

primary NOA's Ark Nursery
NOA's Ark Nursery

North Oxfordshire Academy site, Stratford Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire. OX16 0UD

Manager : Emma

secondary North Oxfordshire Academy
North Oxfordshire Academy

Drayton Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 OUD

Interim Principal : Mrs Ellie Jacobs

secondary Northampton Academy
Northampton Academy

Wellingborough Road, Northampton, NN3 8NH

Principal : Chris Clyne

secondary Nova Hreod Academy
Nova Hreod Academy

Akers Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 2NQ

Headteacher : Nick Wells

primary Orchard Meadow Primary School
Orchard Meadow Primary School

Field Avenue, Oxford, OX4 6RQ

Head of School : Mrs Sue Patrick

secondary Paddington Academy
Paddington Academy

50 Marylands Road, London. W9 2DR

Principals : Katie Gillam and Peter Jones

secondary Parkside Community College
Parkside Community College

Parkside Cambridge CB1 1EH

Principal : Dee Wallace

primary Pegasus Primary School
Pegasus Primary School

Field Avenue, Oxford, OX4 6RQ

Headteacher : Ruth Akrigg

primary Queen's Manor Primary School
Queen's Manor Primary School

Lysia Street, London, SW6 6ND

Interim Principal : Miss Kathryn Fitzsimmons

secondary Richard Rose Central Academy
Richard Rose Central Academy

Victoria Place, Carlisle, CA1 1LY

Principal : Dan Markham

secondary Richard Rose Morton Academy
Richard Rose Morton Academy

Wigton Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 6LB

Executive Principal : Mr Richard McGuire

independent Rowan Preparatory School
Rowan Preparatory School

6 Fitzalan Road, Claygate, Esher, Surrey, KT10 OLX

Headmistress : Mrs Sarah Raja

secondary Salford City Academy
Salford City Academy

Northfleet Road, Peel Green, Eccles, M30 7PQ

Principal : Ms M Haselden

primary Salisbury Manor Primary School
Salisbury Manor Primary School

4 Burnside Avenue, Chingford, London. E4 8YJ

Principal : Mr D Booth

secondary Seahaven Academy
Seahaven Academy

Southdown Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 9JL

Principal : Mrs Shevlyn Byroo

secondary Sedgehill Academy
Sedgehill Academy

Sedgehill Road, London. SE6 3QN

Principal : Clare Cassidy

secondary Sheffield Park Academy
Sheffield Park Academy

Beaumont Road North, Sheffield, S2 1SN

Principal : Mr R. Freeman

secondary Sheffield Springs Academy
Sheffield Springs Academy

Hurlfield Road, Sheffield, S12 2SF

Interim Principal : Ms C Cartledge

secondary Shoreham Academy
Shoreham Academy

Kingston Lane, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, BN43 6YT

Principal : Jim Coupe

primary Silverdale Primary Academy
Silverdale Primary Academy

Racecourse, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 6PB

Headteacher : Mrs Lindi Nejrup

primary Southway Primary School
Southway Primary School

South Way, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 5EZ

Principal : Mike Wood

independent St Ives School
St Ives School

Three Gates Lane, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 2ES

Head Teacher : Kay Goldsworthy

secondary Stockport Academy
Stockport Academy

Heathbank Road, Cheadle Heath, Stockport, SK3 OUP

Principal : Mrs Janine McCann

primary Sulivan Primary School
Sulivan Primary School

Headteacher : Wendy Aldridge

independent Surbiton High School
Surbiton High School

13-15 Surbiton Crescent, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. KT1 2JT

Principal : Mrs Rebecca Glover

allthrough Swindon Academy
Swindon Academy

Beech Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1JR

Acting Principal : Karen Wright

secondary The Albion Academy
The Albion Academy

1 London Street Salford M6 6QT

Principal : Mr M Rogers

secondary The Cornerstone Academy
The Cornerstone Academy

Blandford Close, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4BQ

Principal : Chris Phillips

secondary The Elms Academy
The Elms Academy

Elms Road, Clapham, London, SW4 9ET

Executive Principal : Leon Wilson

Principal : Amy Welch

primary The Galfrid School
The Galfrid School

Galfrid Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8ND

Headteacher : Claire Macfie

secondary The Hurlingham Academy
The Hurlingham Academy

Peterborough Road, Fulham, London, SW6 3ED

Principal : Leon Wilson

secondary The Hyndburn Academy
The Hyndburn Academy

Stourton Street, Rishton, Blackburn, BB1 4ED

Headteacher : Miss N Palmer

secondary The John Roan School
The John Roan School

Maze Hill, London, SE3 7UD

Principal : Cath Smith

secondary The Lowry Academy
The Lowry Academy

Hilton Lane, Worsley Manchester M28 0SY

Principal : Claire Coy

secondary The Nuneaton Academy

The Nuneaton Academy

Radnor Drive, Nuneaton, CV10 7PD

Principal : Mr. M. Dalton

secondary The Regis School
The Regis School

Westloats Lane, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 5LH

Principal : Dave Oakes

independent The Royal School
The Royal School

Farnham Lane, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1HQ

Headmaster : Mr Matthew Close

secondary The Totteridge Academy
The Totteridge Academy

Barnet Lane , London, N20 8AZ

Principal : Mr Fairbairn

primary The Victory Primary School
The Victory Primary School

Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4QP

Headteacher : Jim Hartley

primary Timbertree Academy
Timbertree Academy

Valley Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, B64 7LT

Headteacher : Mrs Harjit Chahal

independent Tranby

Tranby Croft, Anlaby, East Yorkshire, HU10 7EH

Headmistress : Alex Wilson

secondary Trumpington Community College
Trumpington Community College

Lime Avenue Cambridge CB2 9FD

Executive Principal : Matt Oughton

Head of School : Jess Pearce

secondary Walthamstow Academy
Walthamstow Academy

Billet Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 5DP

Principal : Emma Skae

primary Walthamstow Primary Academy
Walthamstow Primary Academy

Billet Road, Walthamstow, E17 5DP

Principal : James Hucknall

primary Whittingham Primary Academy
Whittingham Primary Academy

340 Higham Hill Road, Walthamstow, London. E17 5QX

Head Teacher : Courtney Thompson

primary Wilberforce Primary
Wilberforce Primary

Beethoven Street, London, W10 4LB

Head of School : Kim Cooper

allthrough William Hulme's Grammar School
William Hulme's Grammar School

Spring Bridge Road, Manchester, M16 8PR

Principal : Mr Peter Mulholland

primary Windale Primary School
Windale Primary School

Windale Avenue, Oxford, OX4 6JD

Headteacher : Ms Geran-Haq

primary Winston Way Primary Academy
Winston Way Primary Academy

Winston Way, Ilford, Essex. IG1 2WS

Principal : Miss H Penner

primary Bank End Primary School
Bank End Primary School

Underwood Avenue, Worsbrough, Barnsley, S70 4AZ

Principal : Mrs F A Bettison

secondary Wye School
Wye School

Kempe Centre, Olantigh Road, Wye, Kent, TN25 5EJ

Principal : Luke Magee

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