The General Board is composed of 25 members (14 representatives of the teachers and/or researchers; 3 representatives of the students; 1 representative of the non-teaching staff; and 7 external personalities of recognised merit, who do not belong to the School but with relevant knowledge and experience for the institution). This body elects the president of the School and, under his/her supervision, approves the institution's general guidelines for the scientific, pedagogical, financial and patrimonial areas.
Some of the competences of the General Board are: to elect the president; to evaluate the actions of the President of the School and the Management Board; and to propose the initiatives considered necessary so that the institution functions well. When proposed by the President of the School, the Board will, for example, approve the budget proposal and the annual consolidated accounts, establish the tuition fees for students, and approve the action plan for the four-year period of the term of office of the President of the ESEnfC.
Representatives of the teaching staff: Paulo Joaquim Pina Queirós, Clarinda Maria dos Prazeres Ferreira da Silva da Rocha Cruzeiro, Manuel Gonçalves Henriques Gameiro, Maria Neto da Cruz Leitão, Ana Paula Teixeira de Almeida Vieira Monteiro, Aida Maria de Oliveira Cruz Mendes, Luís Leitão Sarnadas, António Fernando Salgueiro Amaral, Carlos Alberto Cruz de Oliveira, Jorge Manuel Amado Apóstolo, João Luís Alves Apóstolo, Ananda Maria Fernandes, José Manuel de Matos Pinto e Maria da Conceição Gonçalves Marques Alegre de Sá
Representative of the non-teaching staff: Dina Maria de Almeida Marques
Representative of the students: Ana Rita Madeira Reis, Nuno José Lopes Martins, Tiago Rafael Lopes Rodrigues
External personalities: Álvaro de Carvalho, Carlos Manuel Batista Fiolhais, Isabel Amélia Costa Mendes, João Vasco Ribeiro (president), José Martins Nunes, José Luís Medina Moya and Maria Augusta de Sousa.