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Snaith Primary School

Becoming a School Governor

Who can become a governor?

Anybody over 18 years of age.

A person is disqualified from holding or from continuing to hold as a governor or associate member if they:

  • are at any time during their period of office detained under the Mental Health Act 1983;
  • have failed to attend the governing body meetings for a continuous period of six months, beginning with the date of the first meeting they failed to attend, without the consent of the governing body. This provision does not apply to the headteacher;
  • are bankrupt;
  • are subject to a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 or to an order made under Section 429 (2) of the Insolvency Act 1986;
  • if they are subject to a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Act 1986, a disqualification order under Part 2 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989, a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, or an order made under section 492(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under county court administration order);
  • have been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by the Charity Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement, or under Section 7 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 from being concerned in the management or control of any body;
  • are included in the list of teachers or workers prohibited or restricted from working with children or young people;
  • are disqualified from working with children;
  • are disqualified from being an independent school proprietor, teacher or employee by the Secretary of State;
  • have been sentenced to 3 months or more in prison (without the option of a fine) in the 5 years before becoming a governor or since becoming a governor;
  • have received a prison sentence of 2.5 years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor;
  • have at any time received a prison sentence of 5 years or more;
  • have been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the 5 years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor;
  • refuse to an application being made to the Criminal Records Bureau for a criminal records certificate;
  • is under 18 years of age at the time of election;
  • and is holding more than one governorship at the same school.


Being a school governor can be a challenging and rewarding experience.

Do you have skills that could be useful as a school governor or just an interest in improving pupils' education?

You can become a school governor by:

  • being elected by parents as a parent governor, if your child attends the school
  • being elected by the teaching or non-teaching staff, if you are a member of the teaching or non-teaching staff
  • being appointed by the local education authority
  • being appointed by the church or charitable trust
  • or by being co-opted (appointed) by the the other governors.

Schools organise elections and tell parents and staff about them, but you can always ask a school whether there are vacancies now that need to be filled.

If you feel that this is the role for you, then please contact us:

Snaith Primary School
Bourn Mill Balk Road,
East Riding of Yorkshire, 
DN14 9RD.

Tel: 01405 860452

Email: snaith.primary@eastriding.gov.uk

Governors' Support Team
East Riding of Yorkshire Council,
County Hall,
East Riding of Yorkshire, 
HU17 9BA.

Email: governor.support@eastriding.gov.uk