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Governor Services

Application to become a School Governor

Disqualification Criteria and Vetting

In the interest of safeguarding children it will be necessary for your application to undergo a vetting process. Criminal records may be disclosed because being a governor is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Exemption Act.

The following text summarises the qualification and disqualification regulations which can be seen in full on our website. Please seek advice if you think you may be affected.

A governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of their election or appointment. A registered pupil of the school cannot be a governor. A person cannot hold more than one governorship at the same school.

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

In addition:

A person is disqualified from appointment as a local authority governor if they are eligible to be a staff governor of the school.

A person is disqualified from election or appointment as a parent governor if they are an elected member of the LA or if they work at the school for more than 500 hours in any year. In addition a person may not be appointed as a parent governor unless they are:

At special schools the criteria are the same as the first 2 above, then

A person may not be a partnership governor if they are:


I have read the summary of regulations above and confirm that I am not disqualified from serving as a school governor and that in the event that I am appointed to a governing body, I will notify the clerk to the governing body immediately should I become disqualified during my term of office. I understand that it is an offence to serve as a school governor whilst disqualified.


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