School Governors

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

Key roles of governors:

• To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

• To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

• To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

• Determining how the school's budget is spent

• The appointing and dismissing of staff

• Hearing appeals and grievances

• Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship

• Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline

• Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe

• Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies

Governor Vacancies as at 28th March 2019: 

  • Abacus Primary School, Wickford SS12 9GJ
  • Alderton Infant School, Loughton IG10 3HE B or L or F or H
  • Bocking Church Street, Braintree CM7 5LA
  • Broomgrove Junior School, Colchester, CO7 9QB
  • Chappel Church of England (Controlled) Primary School, Colchester, CO 6 2DD
  • East Hanningfield Church of England Primary School, CM3 8AE
  • Elm Hall Primary School, Witham CM8 2SD 
  • Fairhouse Community Primary School, Basildon SS14 1QP  D or E
  • Finchingfield CofE VC Primary School, Finchingfield, Braintree CM7 4LD
  • Ghyllgrove Primary School, Basildon SS14 2BG
  • Gosbecks Primary School, Colchester, CO2 9DJ P  or H or B
  • Gosfield Community Primary School, Halstead, CO9 1ST
  • Great Bradfords Junior School, Braintree, CM7 9LW
  • Great Waltham C of E Primary School, Chelmsford CM3 1DF 
  • Hatfield Peverel St Andrew's Junior School, Hatfield Peverel, CM3 2JX
  • Kingswood Primary School and Nursery, Basildon. SS16 5DE
  • Long Ridings Primary School, Brentwood, CM13 1DU
  • Manuden Primary School, nr Bishops Stortford CM23 1DE
  • Margaretting C of E Primary School, CM4 0HA 
  • Mayflower Primary School, Harwich CO12 4AJ 
  • Spring Meadow Primary School, Dovercourt CO12 4LB
  • St Andrew’s C of E Primary School Great Yeldham CO9 4PT F, P or H
  • St George’s Infant School and Nursery, Colchester, CO2 7RW
  • St John’s Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, Danbury, CM3 4NS
  • St Margaret's CofE (VC) Primary School Toppesfield, CO9 4DS
  • St Mary's Church of England Primary School, Burnham on Crouch CM0 8LZ
  • St Michael’s Primary School and Nursery, Colchester, CO2 9RA
  • St Nicholas Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, Tillingham, CM0 7TJ
  • St Peter’s C of E Primary School, Coggeshall CO6 1YU  F
  • St Thomas of Canterbury Church of England (Aided) Junior School; Brentwood, CM15 9BX
  • Warley Primary School, Brentwood, CM14 5LF  F or L or P
  • Wix and Wrabness Primary School, Manningtree, CO11 2RS

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There are usually, depending on the size of the school, between 9 - 20 people who make up the governing body. Advice, support and training for the role is given by the council. Some governors are elected by parents, some are appointed by the governing body itself, the local authority or local churches. This ensures governing bodies reflect the communities they serve.

The term of office for a school governor is normally four years. Most schools have a full governing body meeting once a term (for approximately 2 hours). You may also join a committee which usually meets once a term. Most governors find they usually attend meetings or visit a school three or four times each term.


Who can be a school governor?

You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school, but there are certain expectations. What's really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.

No specific qualifications are required but some governing bodies may be looking for Governors with particular skills.

B Business skills required

D Data skills required

E Educational experience required

F Finance skills required

H HR skills required

L Legal skills preferred

P Premises or Health & Safety skills required

S Safeguarding experience needed.

Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches or businesses. It is important that you can work as part of a team, and can give commitment to the school.

New governors are expected to attend a one day induction course. This is essential to helping you understand your role so you can begin to make a positive difference to your governing body. The workshops are run across Essex and tutors do their best to make them simple, straightforward and fun.


  • Accessibility
    Will vary by location
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 09/09/2015

End Date: 10/04/2020

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