Being a School Governor

If you're looking for a way to serve your local church school then have you thought about becoming a Foundation Governor?

Foundation Governors

Every Church School appoints Foundation Governors to be part of the Governing Body. The role of a school governor is to be a critical friend to the school, to support them but also to monitor and evaluate how the school is doing and to hold the leadership to account  for the good fo all its pupils.

In maintained church schools, there are Foundation Governors whose role is to also uphold the Christian distinctiveness of the school, and in particular its Christian vision and associated values. 

In Controlled Schools (VC) a minority is in place, and they form the majority in Aided Schools (VA). In an Aided School, the number of Foundation Governors must exceed the total of other Governors by two. In addition, one-third of all governors must not be parents of pupils at the school.

If you are thinking of becoming a Foundation Governor, please have a look at the Roles and Responsibilites document. The responsibility of school governors, not just Foundation Governors, has increased over the past few years. They are now called upon to have knowledge in a lot of different areas within a school, you might have the specific business skils that a school needs on their board to help move them forward.  

The responsibility for finding and appointing a suitable Foundation Governor is that of the incumbent, governing body, school and the church community. They must also be approved by the Diocese Board of Education. To find out more about the process, DBE approval and the relevant forms please visit our Foundation Governor Appointments page. 

Further advice from the Department for Education about the role of the School Governor: 

 

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