Learn more about the different types of school governors.

The Head Teacher

The Head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school. The Head teacher advises on and implements the governing bodies strategic framework. The Head teacher also:

  • Formulates aims and objectives, policies and targets for consideration for the governing body to adopt
  • Reports each term to the governing board on pupil progress
  • Attends all meetings of the governing board
  • Can opt not to be a member of the governing board

Parent governor

  • Must have a child at school at the time of election
  • Are elected by parents of children at the school for a term of four years
  • May be appointed by the governing board if a "nil" response was returned to the nominating stage
  • May, if they wish to stand for re-election

Staff governor

  • Must be elected by other staff members at the school
  • Holds a term of office for four years but will cease if they leave school
  • May stand for re-election
  • Can give their point of view on issues, but this may not reflect the views of the majority of staff
  • Can join any committee  and contribute towards discussions on the budget and discipline
  • Must withdraw form a meeting if they have a personal interest in the outcome of an issue

Local Authority Governor (LA)

  • Can be nominated by the Local Authority for a vacant LA governor position. The governing board decide to appoint
  • Holds a term of office for four years
  • Can be re-appointed by the governing board when the current term of office has been completed provided they have not been disqualified

Co-opted Governor

  • Holds a term of office for four years
  • Appointed by the governing board
  • Can be recouped when they completed their current term of office provided they have not been disqualified
  • Can be removed from office by at least fifty per cent of the full governing board
  • When deciding whom to co-op governors should make sure that the governing body reflect a balance

Contact Us

School Governors Team
Nottingham City Council
Learning and Transformation
Loxley House,
Station Street
NG2 3NG 

Tel: 0115 876 4589


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