Guidance for clerks
Information on the clerk’s role as the administrator for the school’s governing body.
The documents here give detailed guidance to different aspects of the clerk’s role. There are also templates to use for various forms.
The clerk has three key roles:
- giving administrative support to the governing body: arranging meetings, maintaining attendance records, and so on
- acting as a point of contact: taking minutes, keeping governors informed, telling the local authority when governors change
- offering advice on correct procedures and processes
The clerk's job description explains the role's responsibilities in more detail.
Run a governing body effectively
Here are a few pointers for doing a good job as a clerk and some useful templates. You can find full details of the clerk’s role in the DFE Governors Handbook.
Tell the Governor Development Service when governors change
Use these forms to tell the Government Development Service when governors are appointed, resign or change address. They can be emailed or posted.
- Change of Governor Details Form (doc, 50k) (opens new window) (word doc, 58k) (opens new window)
- Governor Appointment/Re-appointment Form (doc, 60k) (opens new window) (word doc, 64k) (opens new window)
- Governor Resignation Form (doc, 48k) (opens new window) (word doc, 54k) (opens new window)
- Governor Application Form 2016 (doc, 56k) (opens new window) (word doc, 102k) (opens new window)
- LA governor reappointment application form (doc, 54k) (opens new window) (word doc, 55k) (opens new window)
- Chair, Vice Chair and Other Named Governor Notification (doc, 50k) (opens new window) (word doc, 57k) (opens new window)
Governor Development Service
Bristol Education Centre
Bristol, BS14 0DD
PO Box 3176
Tel: 0117 903 6900