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: Ananda Maria Fernandes, António Fernando Salgueiro Amaral, Carlos Alberto Cruz de Oliveira, Clarinda Maria dos Prazeres Ferreira Silva da Rocha Cruzeiro, João Luís Alves Apóstolo, Jorge Manuel Amado Apóstolo, Manuel Alves Rodrigues, Maria Clara Amado Apóstolo Ventura, Maria da Conceição Gonçalves Marques Alegre de Sá, Maria da Conceição Saraiva da Silva Costa Bento, Maria Paula Assis de Almeida Cordeiro, Marília Maria Andrade Marques da Conceição e Neves, Paulo Alexandre Carvalho Ferreira e Teresa Maria Mendes Diniz de Andrade Barroso
Representative of the non-teaching staff: Carlo Bruno da Encarnação Santos
Representative of the students: Beatriz Mendes Araújo, Inês Pereira de Abreu Pires e Nuno Miguel Gomes Fernandes
External personalities: Ana Maria Pereira Abrunhosa, António Manuel Marques Ferreira de Oliveira, Catarina Isabel Neno Resende de Oliveira, Fernando de Jesus Regateiro, Joan Cortadellas Angel, José Manuel Domingos Pereira Miguel (president) e Maria Augusta Purificação Rodrigues de Sousa.