About School Governors

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 Vicar 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.

Governance Training


It is a requirement of the Diocese that all newly appointed & re-appointed governors attend training within six months of their appointment. All bookings for training must be made via the link below:-


Cost:- Free
Location:- Cathedral Centre, M3 6DP
Times:- 9:30am – 3:30pm



  • Saturday 5th October – Role & Curriculum Distinctiveness
  • Saturday 23rd November – Mission & Governance
  • Saturday 30th November – Accountability & Inspection
  • Saturday 8th February – Mission & Governance
  • Saturday 14th March – Accountability & Inspection
  • Saturday 25th April – Mission & Governance
  • Saturday 20th June – Equality & 5 Ws

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?

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. Recruitment of senior leadership.

What are the time commitments?

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?

You must be over 18. You must be a practising Catholic. A wide range of skills is a plus.