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:

  • Broomgrove Junior School, Colchester, CO7 9QB
  • 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 Dunmow Primary School, CM6 1ZR
  • Kingswood Primary School and Nursery, Basildon, SS16 5DE
  • Langenhoe Primary School, Colchester, CO5 7PG
  • Layer-De-La-Haye Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, CO2 0DS
  • Lexden Springs School, Colchester, CO3 9AB
  • Margaretting C of E Primary School, CM4 0HA
  • 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 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
  • West Horndon Primary School, Brentwood, CM13 3TR

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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