Last reviewed on 7 September 2021
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Save time and download our template role descriptions for maintained school governors and academy trustees when recruiting. Get inspiration from other schools if you want to write your own.

Template role descriptions

We created these templates along with Governors for Schools, a free governor recruitment service.

Both templates include space to note down contact details for the board, so you can use the templates in recruitment if you wish. Find out more about how to recruit a school governor.

Examples from schools

If you'd prefer to create your own role description, get inspiration from other schools:

Maintained schools

Dean Valley Community Primary School, Cheshire

You can find role descriptions for various governor types here.

Smithy Bridge Foundation Primary School, Rochdale

You can take a look at their parent governor role descriptions on their website.

Boroughbridge Primary School and Nursery, North Yorkshire

Find their governor role descriptions at the bottom of this page.


Trinity Anglican Methodist Primary School, Bristol

Find out the role of a governor, director and member on their website here.

The Tiffin Girls' School, Surrey

Take a look at their governor role description on the left hand side of this page.


Prepare to induct your new governors

Get your new governors off to a strong start by signposting them to our induction courses.

Find out more about how to induct a new governor effectively.