The Governing Board is an essential leadership group within a school. They have considerable statutory powers regarding the strategic direction of a school.

In church schools the Governing Board, and the Foundation Governors in particular, have a duty to ensure the school upholds and develops its distinctive Christian character.

With power comes responsibility and the diocesan education team is on hand to support and advise any governor of a church school with regard to any aspect of leadership and management.

The links below will provide information on many aspects of governance.

If you need any additional information, then please contact Richard Wharton:

Governance Forms

Appointing Foundation Governors – Maintained Schools

Foundation governors are usually nominated by the local parochial church council and appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education for a four year term of office.

The Board of Education formally appoints foundation governors and must be assured all foundation governor have the skills needed by the governing body to ensure the success of the school. All foundation governors (including ex officio foundation governors) will be required to undertake a DBS check and receive safeguarding training in line with each school’s own policy.

If you are considering being nominated as a Foundation Governor, then the following notes will help you with your application:

The following form is for new governors:

Reappointment Forms for Foundation Governors – Maintained Schools

If you wish to stand for another term of office, then please complete the following:

Appointing Governors in Academy Trusts

Other Documents