School governors

School governors are volunteers who help run schools. They play an important role in managing, supporting and improving schools.

What school governors do

Governors sit on the school’s governing board and work with the school to ensure they improve each year. They:

  • hold the headteacher to account for a school’s performance
  • make sure the budget is spent wisely
  • set the school targets and ensure they are met
  • take part in hearings and appeals
  • making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • appoint and dismiss staff

Governors attend meetings during the school year to discuss the school's progress.

GOV.UK has guidance on the roles and duties of governing bodies.

You can also find out more about governors' responsibilities in the Department for Education Governance Handbook.

Become a school governor

To be a school governor you must be over 18 years old and you:

  • don't need to have any experience or formal qualifications
  • don’t need to have children at the school

The role is demanding but it can also be rewarding. It's a good way to give back to your local community and help improve schools in Essex.

Find vacancies

These schools are looking for local authority governors:

  • Beauchamps High School, Wickford, SS11 8LY – available from January 2021
  • Birchanger Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, CM23 5QL
  • Broomgrove Junior School, Colchester, CO7 9QB
  • Coopersale and Theydon Garnon Church of England Primary School, CM16 7QX
  • Engaines Primary School and Nursery, Little Clacton, CO16 9PH
  • Gosbecks Primary School, CO2 9DG
  • Grange Primary School, Wickford, SS12 0LR
  • The Howbridge Infant School, Witham, CM8 1DJ – available from January 2021
  • Lexden Springs School, Colchester, CO3 9AB
  • Limes Farm Junior School, IG7 5LP
  • Lincewood Primary School, Langdon Hills, Basildon, SS16 6AZ
  • Long Ridings Primary School, Hutton, Brentwood, CM13 1DU
  • The Mayflower Primary School, Harwich, CO12 4AJ
  • Millfields Primary School, Wivenhoe, Colchester, CO7 9RD
  • Montgomery Junior School, Colchester, CO2 9QG
  • Myland Community Primary School, CO4 5LD
  • Rettendon Primary School, Chelmsford, CM3 8DW
  • Sheering Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School,
    Bishops Stortford, CM22 7LU
  • St Margaret's CofE (VC) Primary School Toppesfield, CO9 4DS
  • St Michael's Church of England Junior School, Galleywood, CM2 8RR
  • Sunnymede Junior School, Billericay, CM11 2HL
  • Trinity Road Primary School, Chelmsford CM2 6HS

Local authority governance

For a full list of current local authority vacancies and to express an interest, you can contact:


You can put yourself forward or nominate someone.

You can also contact schools directly to see if there are any vacancies.

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