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Pre-appointment Checks for School Governors
Governors of local authority maintained schools:
It is a statutory requirement for governors and associate members to undertake a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check before starting duties as a governor. It is for the governing body to ensure a process of the governor DBS completion is in place and must be processed within 21 calendar days of appointment.
As an added safeguarding check, which is optional and not statutory, Governance has produced a self-declaration form. If you choose to use this form a copy should be retained in the governors file at the school – do not send a copy to Governance or Safe Staffing team.
The arrangements for checking governors are as follows:
Following the clerk to the governing body uploading the new governor's details on the database, a Welcome Pack is distributed to the new ‘first-time governors’. The pack includes a self-declaration form. (The governing body should produce their own Governor Induction Pack for new governors). If you would like a copy of the self-declaration form, a template can be accessed by logging on to:
If you have any queries, please contact the Governance Helpdesk on 01438 843082.
Governors at Academies/Free schools:
Self-declaration form: Optional as above.
The Chair of Governors is required to have an enhanced DBS Check carried out by the Secretary of State if they have been newly appointed.
If the Chair of Governors was appointed after the school’s conversion to academy status and already has a DBS through Herts County Council a new one signed by the Secretary of State is not required.
Governance Handbook (see 4.1.2 Conduct): All academy Members, Trustees and Individuals on any Local Governing Boards in a MAT are required to have an enhanced criminal records certificate from the DBS.
Further details on DBS checks are within the statutory guidance: Keeping children safe in education (DfE).
Any queries please contact Safe Staffing, Rewards and Learning Team on 01992 555896.