Governor elections: voting systems

Be clear on the rules surrounding elections and what different voting systems you can use. Understand how to make sure voting is secure and confidential, and see examples from schools and trusts.

Last reviewed on 3 April 2024
School types: AllSchool phases: AllRef: 4848
  1. Who decides what system to use?
  2. Can an election be completely virtual?
  3. Online voting systems
  4. Paper voting systems
  5. Examples of voting systems from schools and trusts

This article covers governor elections. If you're looking for advice on holding a vote during a virtual meeting (not an election), take a look at our virtual meetings guidance and virtual meetings model policy.

Who decides what system to use?

There is no statutory requirement to use any specific system for governor elections.

Who's responsible for choosing which system to use depends on who's responsible for organising the election:

  • Voluntary aided and foundation schools: the governing board is responsible for choosing the system
  • Community and voluntary controlled schools: check with your local authority (LA) if they require you to use a specific system, and if not, choose for yourself
  • Academies: the board of trustees is responsible, but check your articles of association and scheme of delegation in case they specify something different

Can an election be completely virtual?

Parent governor elections You shouldn't

The Key has taken great care in publishing this article. However, some of the article's content and information may come from or link to third party sources whose quality, relevance, accuracy, completeness, currency and reliability we do not guarantee. Accordingly, we will not be held liable for any use of or reliance placed on this article's content or the links or downloads it provides. This article may contain information sourced from public sector bodies and licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.