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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 governors:

  • Bocking Church Street, Braintree CM7 5LA
  • Brinkley Grove Primary School, Colchester CO4 9GF
  • Broomgrove Junior School, Colchester, CO7 9QB
  • Chappel Church of England (Controlled) Primary School, Colchester, CO6 2DD
  • Elm Hall Primary School, Witham CM8 2SD
  • Fairhouse Community Primary School, Basildon SS14 1QP
  • Finchingfield CofE VC Primary School, Finchingfield, Braintree CM7 4LD
  • Ghyllgrove Primary School, Basildon SS14 2BG
  • Gosbecks Primary School, Colchester, CO2 9DJ
  • Gosfield Community Primary School, Halstead, CO9 1ST
  • Grange Primary School, Wickford, SS12 0LR
  • Great Bradfords Junior School, Braintree, CM7 9LW
  • Great Waltham C of E Primary School, Chelmsford CM3 1DF
  • Kingswood Primary School and Nursery, Basildon, SS16 5DE
  • Langenhoe Primary School, Colchester, CO5 7PG
  • 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
  • St George’s Infant School and Nursery, Colchester, CO2 7RW
  • St Margaret's CofE (VC) Primary School Toppesfield, CO9 4DS
  • St Michael’s Primary School and Nursery, Colchester, CO2 9RA
  • St Nicholas Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, Tillingham, CM0 7TJ
  • Warley Primary School, Brentwood, CM14 5LF

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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