Last reviewed on 13 August 2021
School types: Maintained · School phases: All
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Find out what checks are required for governors in maintained schools, so you can make sure your school is compliant.

Checks required by all governors

Enhanced DBS check

If you're a governor in a maintained school, you're required to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

An enhanced DBS check will:

  • Look for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings
  • Ask local police for any additional information that is reasonably considered relevant to the role

You're disqualified from holding office as a governor if you refuse a request for a DBS check.

Section 128 check

You should also have a section 128 check. If someone has a section 128 direction issued against them, then they're banned from being involved in the management and governance of schools, and can't be a governor.

This is explained in paragraph 241 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2021.

Anyone involved in 'regulated activity' also requires a barred list check

If you're in regulated activity you need a barred list check as well as an enhanced DBS check.