Types of school governors

Governing bodies of maintained schools, free schools and academies will include:

Staff governors

Elected by staff within the school/academy

Parent governors

Elected by parents at the school/academy

Local authority governors

Appointed by the County Council. To be considered, please complete the online application form.

Co-opted/community governors

Appointed by the governing body. They may represent the local community, local business or have the skills that the governing body require. Speak to individual schools or governor services for further details.

Foundation governors

Appointed by the diocese or church, voluntary trust or organisation that set up the school to represent their interests. Speak to individual schools or the local diocese office for further details.

Associate members

Appointed by the governing body because they have a particular experience/expertise. They can attend committee meetings and full governing body meetings, although they do not have voting rights.

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