The Diocese of Ely Education Directorate

Becoming a Foundation Governor

Church schools have “Foundation Governors” as well as ‘parent’, ‘staff’ and other categories of Governor.  The title “Foundation Governor” relates to the fact they are appointed by the school’s founding body – the Church.

In a Voluntary Aided School (VA), the majority of the Governing Body will be Foundation Governors. In a Voluntary Controlled School (VC), at least two and up to four members of the Governing Body will be Foundation Governors. In DEMAT Academies all governors are deemed to be foundation governors.

Every school has its own ‘Instrument of Government’ which clearly sets out the number of governors to be appointed to each category, and in the case of Foundation Governors, which body or bodies appoint them. It is usually the Diocesan Board of Education, local church PCCs and/or a Trust which appoints. The local minister(s) is normally appointed as ‘ex-officio’ Foundation Governor(s); when the parish is in inter-regnum a temporary “Archdeacon’s Appointment” can be made to the ex officio seat.

As well as participating fully in the life of the Governing Body, like any other Governor, Foundation Governors also have special responsibilities for sustaining and developing the school’s Christian character.  Please download the leaflet below for more details.

“Our Foundation Governors” Information Leaflet

Nominating a Foundation Governor 

When a new Foundation Governor is nominated to a school, or a governorship renewed, a Foundation-Governor-Application-Form -must be completed, signed and returned by any person nominated to serve as a Foundation Governor. An appointment cannot be made until this Declaration Form is completed and returned along with part two of the form which is to be used by a PCC to recommend a person to be appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education. Please note that currently Foundation Governor appointments are normally ratified on a termly basis at the meeting of the Diocesan Board of Education.

Dates for the next meetings of the DBE:

  • 15th March 2018
  • 12th July 2018
  • 27th November 2018

For all queries relating to the appointment of Foundation Governors contact Andrew Read on

Latest Governor News  There is a NEW requirement for DBS checks for all governors: enhanced DBS checks will shortly be mandatory for all governors. A copy of the instrument is available here SCHOOL_GOV_CONSTITUTION_AND_FEDERATIONS_AM_REGS_2016_204    Where a governor has been elected or appointed before 1st April 2016 and does not hold an enhanced DBS certificate, the governing body must apply for a certificate in respect of that governor by 1st September 2016. Where a governor is appointed or elected after 1st April 2016 and does not hold a DBS certificate, the governing body must apply for one within 21 days after his or her appointment or election.