Governors Gateway

Information, organisation and guidance for the modern governing board

What we offer

A virtual office for your governing board

We work in partnership with to bring you sector leading online board organisation and communication tools at exceptional value.  Our part is to enhance the GovernorHub offer by providing access to high quality online information and guidance  for governors and trustees. We offer an individual governing board subscription for the 2017/2018 academic year at a reduced cost of  £249 irrespective of board or school size and there are further discounts for multi academy trusts. Individual governors and trustees can subscribe to our FAQ and information database only for just £40. See our virtual office page for more details

Clerking service

Every board needs professional clerking. Your Governors' Gateway clerk provides  a friendly, flexible and professional service.  They ensure your governing board has everything it needs for successful meetings; provide on the spot advice; produce professional minutes; and carry out all the background tasks that help your governing board function smoothly.  We can also support the full range of statutory appeals and subject to availability can provide emergency cover in the event of your usual clerk's absence. We predominantly work in Kent and Medway but are happy to discuss providing support further afield.  Our rates for the academic year 2017/2018 are £28 per hour. Contact

Training for trustees and governors

We are particular specialists in governance in schools, but whatever your governance field, there is an increasing emphasis on ensuring trustees and governors are well equipped to set the vision, values and strategic outcomes for the organisation; hold the lead professional to account for meeting expectations; and oversee financial performance for both probity and value.   We offer both face to face and online training on. a range of topics from induction to creating a vision and lots more in between.  A bespoke, face to face session for your governing board will cost £280 plus any travel expenses.  We also carry out reviews of governance and help you to plan your next steps towards optimal effectiveness. Have a look at some of the sessions we offer on our training page

Data Protection Officer

From 25th May 2018 schools and academies are expected to be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation.  A requirement of that regulation is that Public Authorities appoint a Data Protection Officer.  We recognise that each setting will have different needs depending on its size, complexity and existing expertise, so our service is very much individually tailored. Have a look at our dedicated page for more information 

External Reviews of Governance

Whether prompted by Ofsted or of the board's own volition, a periodic health check carried out by fresh and independent eyes is a great idea.  

We offer a range of options to suit the needs of the governing boards we work with, from a simple desktop review of minutes, websites and governing board papers through to a fully facilitated review.   Our reviews are carried out by staff with experience of leading governing boards to recognised effectiveness and reviews  start at just £300 with a ceiling price of £1200. Contact us at

Support with governor and trustee recruitment

Governing boards need able members in order to carry out their role well.  We work both independently and with partner organisations to promote governance as a fulfilling means of giving back to the community. We work hard to encourage local expressions of interest and to match candidates with governing boards according to need


Contact Us

For more information about any of our services contact us at

Governors' Gateway

The Innovation Centre, Maidstone Road, Bluebell Hill, Kent ME5 9QP

01634 957782 or 957783