Types of Governors

There are a number of types of governors. Whichever type you are, you are there to bring your own views and experiences to the governing body and are not representing the views of others.

The governing body will include the headteacher, some teacher governors and possibly a governor from the non-teaching staff. There may also be a foundation governor, for example in church schools. The rest of the governors are from the following groups:


  • Parents

Parent governors are elected by parents of pupils at the school. When there is a vacancy for a parent governor, parents are asked for nominations, and if there is more than one, an election is held.


  • Teacher

Teacher governors are elected by his/her colleagues at the school.  This includes part-time and peripatetic teachers. 


  • Staff

All maintained schools, except where there are fewer than 100 pupils, have a staff governor on their governing body. They are elected by, and from among, the non-teaching staff at the school. 


  • Foundation

Foundation governors are appointed by the people or organisation named in the school's instrument of government.  Foundation governors have a responsibility to ensure that the school is run in accordance with the statement of religious ethos.  If the school has a religious character the foundation governors must preserve and develop this and must also ensure compliance with the trust deed, if there is one.


  • Local Authority

LA governors are appointed by the Local Authority. They normally have a specific and useful skill or are known for their community work and interest in education.


  • Community

Community governors are chosen by the governing body. They may possess particular skills or come from a specific group, such as the business community.


  • Additional Community Governors

Additional Community Governors are appointed by town or community councils. 




  • Email: governor.support@powys.gov.uk
  • Phone: 01597 826402
  • Address: Governor Support, Powys County Hall, Spa Road East, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG

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