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We are here to support all surrey Governors, trustees and directors in Surrey schools in achieving their aims to ensure that every child in Surrey receives the best possible education.

We are all volunteer Governors who seek to provide all Governors with the information support and experience need to fulfil the role.

We keep in regular contact with each other and with the many agencies local and national who are influential or facilitators in education and publish on our website and via email and on other media relevant and important information for Governors in Surrey.

You are welcome to join us with several advantageous ways to become members of the SGA.

All members have free access to our conferences and benefit from free access to other information and events.For futher information see our membership page or email

A special interest to ASG's

Restablishing the ASG Network. If you're a Surrey ASG, please contact Ruth Murton via

From the Governors Handbook
The Purpose of Governance

1. The purpose of governance is to provide confi- dent, strategic leadership and to create robust ac- countability, oversight and assurance for education- al and financial performance.

2. All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance manage- ment of staff; and

Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

From the Competency Handbook

All those elected or appointed to boards should fulfil their duties in line with the seven principles of public life (the Nolan principles). They should also be mindful of their responsibilities under equality legislation, recognising and encouraging diversity and inclusion. They should under- stand the impact of effective governance on the quality of education and on outcomes for all children and young people. In addition, all those involved in governance should be:


Devoting the required time and energy to the role and ambitious to achieve best possible outcomes for young people. Prepared to give time, skills and knowledge to developing themselves and others in order to create highly effective governance.


Providing appropriate challenge to the status quo, not taking information or data at face value and always driv- ing for improvement.


Prepared to listen to and work in partnership with others and understanding the importance of building strong working relationships within the board and with execu- tive leaders, staff, parents and carers, pupils/students, the local community and employers.


Understanding the value of critical friendship which ena- bles both challenge and support, and self-reflective, pursing learning and development opportunities to im- prove their own and whole board effectiveness.


Able to challenge conventional wisdom and be open- minded about new approaches to problem-solving; rec- ognising the value of innovation and creative thinking to organisational development and success.