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 Essex schools are looking for local authority governors:

  • Abacus Primary School, Wickford, SS12 9GJ
  • Ashdon Primary School, Saffron Walden, CB10 2HB
  • Bentley St Paul's Church of England Primary School, Brentwood, CM15 9SE
  • Birchanger Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, CM23 5QL
  • Boxted St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Colchester, CO4 5YN
  • Bradfield Primary School, Manningtree, CO11 2UZ
  • Dr Walker's Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, Fyfield, CM5 0RG
  • Frinton-on-Sea Primary School, Fifth Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13 9LQ
  • King's Ford Infant School and Nursery, Colchester, CO2 9AZ – available December 2021
  • Lincewood Primary School, Langdon Hills, Basildon, SS16 6AZ
  • Manuden Primary School, Bishops Stortford, CM23 1DE
  • Myland Community Primary School, CO4 5LD
  • St Anne Line Catholic Infant School, Basildon, SS15 5AF
  • St John's Church of England Primary School, Colchester, CO4 0HH
  • St Margaret's CofE (VC) Primary School Toppesfield, CO9 4DS
  • Sunnymede Junior School, Billericay, CM11 2HL
  • Wickford Primary School, SS12 0AG

We are also supporting St Elizabeth’s School in Hertfordshire (SG10 6EW) who have a vacancy. Please contact our team or go directly to the school if you are interested.

Local authority governance

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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