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School Governors – support and vacancies

Find out how to apply to become a school governor in North Lincolnshire. Information about types of school governor, support available and current vacancies.

Become a school governor

Anyone can become school governors. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed.

Different types of school governor

The different types of school governors are:

  • Parent governors: selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election). They are parents and carers of children at the school
  • Staff governors: selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school
  • Co-opted governors / Community: appointed by the governing body to represent community interests
  • Authority governors: appointed by the local authority. They are representative of the local authority
  • Foundation governors (not community schools): appointed by the school’s founding body, church or other organisation named in the school’s instrument of government
  • Associate members (not governors): appointed by the governing body to attend committee meetings and/or full governing body meetings due to their particular skills or experience

Time commitment

The time needed to be an active school governor can be as little as six to eight hours each school month. This includes preparation time for meetings and visits. The amount of time will vary depending on how much you are able and willing to give to the role. The normal term of office for a school governor is four years. However, governors are volunteers who can leave at any time. They can also be re-appointed or re-elected.

Apply to become a school governor

If you are interested in applying for any of our vacancies to become either a co-opted, community or local authority governor, please complete our online application.

Contact us on gov.bodies@northlincs.gov.uk if you would like a printed copy of the form or if you have any questions.

Further information

We provide support and training for our school governors to help them in their role. Our training courses are emailed to all governors annually.

All school governors receive a newsletter each term with details of training courses, legal advice and latest news.

All governing bodies are supported by a trained clerk. Most governing bodies purchase the clerking service from the council. Clerks offer advice and support to the governing body as well as administration.

The North Lincolnshire Association of Governing Bodies represents and supports governing bodies in North Lincolnshire.

The Governors Handbook  includes information about the role and legal duties of governing bodies and Governors in maintained schools and academies (including free schools)

The National Association of Governors represents school governors in England. The NGA is an independent charity that aims to support and promote good governance in our schools.

Vacancies by Governor type as at 13 May 2022

Vacancy Type: Co-opted
  • Barton St Peter’s CE Primary School
  • Baysgarth School
  • Berkeley Primary School
  • Bottesford Infant School
  • Bowmandale Primary School
  • Brigg Primary School
  • Bushfield Road Infant School
  • Castledyke Primary School
  • Crosby Primary School
  • Enderby Road Infant School
  • Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire
  • Holme Valley Primary School
  • Killingholme Primary School
  • Kirton Lindsey Primary School
  • Leys Farm Junior School
  • Messingham Primary School
  • Oakfield Primary School
  • Scunthorpe CE Primary School
  • St Hugh’s School
  • St Luke’s Primary School
  • The Axholme Academy
  • The Belton Wroot Federation (Belton CE Primary School and Wroot Travis Charity Primary School)
  • The Bridge Federation (Winteringham Primary School and South Ferriby Primary School)
  • The St Barnabas’ and St Helena’s Federation
  • The Trentside Federation (Haxey Primary, St Martin’s CE Primary and West Butterwick CE Primary)
  • The Winterton Federation (Winterton CE Infant & Winterton Junior)
Vacancy Type: Local Authority
  • Barton St Peter’s CE Primary School
  • Baysgarth School
  • Bottesford Infant School
  • Brigg Primary School
  • Broughton Primary School
  • Burton Upon Stather Primary School
  • Bushfield Road Infant School
  • Crosby Primary School
  • Enderby Road Infant School
  • Gunness and Burringham CE Primary School
  • Kirton Lindsey Primary School
  • Lincoln Gardens Primary School
  • Oakfield Primary School
  • Sir John Nelthorpe School
  • The Grange Primary School
  • The Riverside Federation (Luddington and Garthorpe Primary and Eastoft CE Primary)
Vacancy Type: Parent
  • Barton St Peter’s CE Primary School
  • Crosby Primary School
  • Enderby Road Infant School
  • Engineering UTC North Lincolnshire
  • Frederick Gough School
  • Frodingham Infant School
  • John Harrison CE Primary School
  • Lincoln Gardens Primary School
  • Messingham Primary School
  • St Hugh’s School
  • The Belton Wroot Federation (Belton All Saints CE Primary and Wroot Travis Charity Primary)
  • The Bridge Federation (Winteringham Primary and South Ferriby Primary School)
  • The St Hybald’s Academy Trust (Hibaldstow Academy and Scawby Academy)
  • The Vale and Worlaby Academy
  • Westwoodside CE Primary School
  • Willoughby Road Primary Academy