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.
These schools are looking for governors:
- Bocking Church Street Primary School, CM7 5LA
- Broomgrove Junior School, Colchester, CO7 9QB
- Finchingfield CofE VC Primary School, Finchingfield, Braintree, CM7 4LD
- Gosbecks Primary School, Colchester, CO2 9DJ
- Grange Primary School, Wickford, SS12 0LR
- Great Bradfords Junior School, Braintree, CM7 9LW
- Langenhoe Primary School, Colchester, CO5 7PG
- Lexden Springs School, Colchester, CO3 9AB
- Limes Farm Junior School, IG7 5LP
- Little Waltham Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School CM3 3NY
- Mayflower Primary School, Harwich, CO12 4AJ
- Sheering Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, Bishops Stortford, CM22 7LU
- Spring Meadow Primary School, Dovercourt, CO12 4LB
- St Margaret's CofE (VC) Primary School Toppesfield, CO9 4DS
- St Michael’s Primary School and Nursery, Colchester, CO2 9RA
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.Print this page