The Diocese of Ely Education Directorate

Becoming a 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.

All Foundation Governors must meet the Safeguarding requirements of the Responsible Body that runs the school or academy; typically this will be the Local Authority, Multi-academy Trust or Single Academy Trust.

Foundation Governor nomination / renewal

Please complete this Foundation Governor Application Form for all Foundation Governor appointments (new and renewal).

Before submitting the form, please ensure that both Part One and Part Two have been completed in full.

Part One – to be completed, signed and returned by the applicant

Part Two – to be completed, signed and returned by a member of the clergy / PCC

Part Three – optional equality and diversity information.

A hard copy of the full application should then be sent marked “FG Confidential” to:

Andrew Read, Diocese of Ely Board of Education, Grace Building, 8 High Street, Ely. CB7 4JY

Any details submitted via the application form will be held by the diocese in accordance with its GDPR Privacy Policy.  The secure retention of the personal details of a Foundation Governor will then be the responsibility of the school in line with the respective school’s privacy policy.

Please note that Foundation Governor appointments are normally ratified on a termly basis at the meeting of the Diocesan Board of Education. Date for the next meeting of the DBE is 14th March 2019

For all queries relating to the appointment of Foundation Governors contact Caroline Vinall.