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. 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:
- have failed to attend meetings for six months
- are bankrupt
- are subject to a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under companies legislation or an order concerning insolvency
- have been removed from the office of trustee for a charity on grounds of misconduct or mismanagement or from being concerned in the management or control of any body
- are included in the list of those considered by the Secretary of State as unsuitable to work with children
- are subject to a direction of the Secretary of State under section 142 of Education Act 2002
- are subject to a direction of the Secretary of State under section 128 of the Education and Skills Act 2008
- are disqualified from working with children or from registration for child minding or providing day care
- have received a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months (without the option of a fine) in the five 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 five years or more
- have been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the five years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor
- refuse to make an application for a criminal records certificate
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:
- a parent of a registered pupil at the school,
- or if that is not possible a parent of a former pupil of the school
- or if that is not possible a parent of a child of or under compulsory school age
At special schools the criteria for parent governors are the same as the first 2 above, then:
- a parent of a child of or under compulsory school age with special educational needs for which the school is approved
- or if that is not possible a parent with experience of educating a child with special education needs
A person may not be a partnership governor if they are:
- a parent of a registered child at the school
- eligible to be a staff governor at the school
- an elected member or employee of the local authority