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We run through the different categories of governor/trustee and how each one is appointed. Understand the rules for co-opted, foundation, local authority, parent, and staff governors, as well as associate members.

The information in this article is from the DfE's model articles of association. Double check your own in case they differ.

Find out more about how to recruit school governors and trustees.

Co-opted trustees

Co-opted trustees/local governors are appointed by trustees who aren't co-opted (article 58 of the model articles).

There's no set process to follow. Your board can decide how you select and appoint co-opted governors, based on the relevance of their skills and experience to the needs of the school. It's good practice to:

  • Agree and record your decision to appoint the trustee in the minutes at a quorate board of trustee meeting
  • Give written notice of the appointment to the clerk, including the name and address of the person nominated or appointed


Co-opted governors can be re-appointed if the board of trustees agrees (article 64). Note this in the minutes if you do so.

Parent trustees/local governors are only appointed if not enough parents stand for parent governor elections (see

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