Become a School Governor

The Department of Education is currently undertaking the reconstitution of School Boards of Governors, which takes place every 4 years. New applications are welcome from candidates wishing to become Departmental (DE) school governors.

DE governors sit on the Boards of Governors of most schools ie. Controlled nursery, grammar and special schools, controlled integrated, grant maintained integrated, voluntary grammar, Catholic and other maintained schools.  Should you be interested in serving as a Departmental governor on the Board of Governors of any particular school, please make this clear on your application form . 

DE governor application forms

A downloadable application form is available from the following DE page:

If you prefer, a hard copy application form is available:

We accept completed application forms by either post or email; contact details are on the application forms and in the ‘Becoming a School Governor’ booklet.

Lists of all schools in Northern Ireland are available below for information purposes


You can get further information on School Governor Appointments from:

Telephone: 028 9127 9927 or 028 9127 9404

Term of office

School Boards of Governors are usually reconstituted every four years, when members complete their term of office and may be replaced.

The Department has produced a booklet to explain the process and how you might be part of it:

You can watch and listen to serving governors and hear about their experience of school governance on:

An overview of the roles and responsibilities of a school Board of Governors can be read in Chapter 3 of the governors’ guide, ‘Every School a Good School – the Governors’ Role’:

Education Authority Representatives

The Education Authority also appoints school governors.  This link will take you directly to the EA website(external link opens in a new window / tab).

Election of parent and teacher governors

This circular details the arrangements for the election of parent and teacher representatives as part of the 2018 reconstitution of School Boards of Governors.