How to resign from your governing board

Find out the right way to resign from your post based on the type of role you have, and adapt our template letter to your needs.

Last reviewed on 7 March 2023
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. How to resign
  2. Download our template resignation letter
  3. Take care of administrative tasks
  4. Continue to respect confidentiality

How to resign

The procedure for resigning depends on the type of school you serve and your role on the board.

I'm a governor at a maintained school

You can resign at any time by giving written notice to the board's clerk (sometimes called governance professional).

This is under regulation 19 of the governance regulations 2012 and regulation 7 of the governance regulations 2013.

I'm a trustee of an academy or multi-academy trust

You can resign by letting the academy trust know and then giving your official written notice of resignation to the clerk to the board. However, there must be at least 3 trustees still in office at the time your resignation takes effect.

This is set out in articles 65 and 67 of the Department for Education's (DfE) model articles of association for academy trusts, but check your own articles as they may differ.

Your trustees