Governance

About School Governors

If you are already a Governor in one of our schools, please log in to the Resource Centre to access further documents and resources to support you in your role.

Governing Boards of Catholic voluntary aided schools are the employers and the admissions body for the school. The board consists of members drawn from a range of backgrounds including parents, staff, the local authority, the parish and wider school community.

Foundation Governors are appointed in the name of the Bishop by the Episcopal Delegate for Education and they form the majority of the Board. They have a legal duty to preserve and develop the Catholic ethos of the school and to ensure that it is conducted in accordance with its Trust Deed.  Their responsibility is not only to consider the interests of their individual school or college but also the interests of other schools and colleges and Catholic education in general across the Diocese.

Nominees would not be expected to have a direct knowledge of current education law, of school organisation or governance but should be willing to learn and dedicate reasonable time to their responsibilities.  They would be expected to have a genuine commitment to the educational, personal and spiritual development of students and in particular to the wellbeing of the school community as a whole, and to attend all relevant diocesan training. Supportive packs and appropriate training opportunities will be made available.

Could You be a Governor?

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, the last drop down below (‘How do I become a Foundation Governor’) has more information about the qualities and skills needed, what the role entails, an expression of interest form and an application pack.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Foundation Governor?

They are appointed by the Bishop to represent his education policy in his school. They preserve and develop the Catholic ethos of the school.

What do Foundation Governors do?

Foundation Governors:

  • Ensure the Catholic ethos of the school is upheld.
  • Hold the Head teacher to account.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and set the budget.
  • Manage the school’s admissions criteria.
  • Support the recruitment of senior leadership.
What time commitments are involved in being a Foundation Governor?

The average Foundation Governor role will take up approximately 10-12 hours a month including attending one governing body meeting per term and serving on one committee.

Who can be a Foundation Governor?

To be a Foundation Governor you must be over 18 and a practising Catholic. A diverse range of skills is beneficial to those wishing to become a Foundation Governor.

Find out more about the Qualities & Skills Needed for Foundation Governors.

I am a newly-appointed Governor, do I receive training?

It is a requirement of the Diocese that all newly appointed & re-appointed governors attend training within six months of their appointment. More information about upcoming training dates will be provided in this tab in due course.

How do I become a Foundation Governor?

We are always looking for governors who are practising Catholics and have a diverse range of skills. To find out more about becoming a school governor, view the links below.

Information Pack (Printable Leaflet)

Information Pack (PDF Version)

Qualities & Skills for Foundation Governors

Expression of Interest Form (Online Link)

Expression of Interest Form (Printable Version)

Application Pack