Hundreds of school governors attended a reception at Shakespeare's Globe last week to celebrate their contribution to the community, coinciding with the launch of a governor recruitment drive.
Eleanor Coker, 24, a school governor from Evelina Hospital School
The council is also looking for new governors from all sectors of the community to play a vital role in the management of Southwark schools, from appointing headteachers and allocating school budgets to contributing to school policies.
"Governors play a vital role for our schools," declared Southwark Council leader Nick Stanton. "This ceremony is to acknowledge the extent of their work, which is hugely valued by pupils, parents and staff.
"Becoming a governor is a great way to contribute to educational attainment in your area, and the good news is that anyone over 18 can apply whatever their background. We want to encourage applications from all sections of the community."
Anne MacNeary, chair of governors at Keyworth Primary School, added: "I became a parent governor because I wanted to make a contribution to my children's education. Once they left primary school, I carried on as a community governor so that I could serve the community where I live. It is one of the most interesting and worthwhile things that I have ever done."
• Anyone who is interested in becoming a governor in Southwark should call 020 7525 5313.