Support, strategy, policy – the headteacher

All schools have governing bodies made up of different categories of governors, all volunteers.  All Church of England school governing bodies are made up of a combination of foundation governors,  parent governors, staff governors, the head teacher (or equivalent), local authority governors and co-opted governors.  

The exact number of governors in any school and their constituencies will be clearly shown in the school’s individual Instrument of Government.  You do not have to have children at a school to be a governor, however, you do have to be over 18, and will be subject to a DBS check.

The main role of the governing body is to operate at a strategic level, leaving the head teacher and senior school leaders responsible and accountable to the governing body for the operational day-to-day running of the school.  

Documentation and Guidance to Support Governors in Church Schools

Governor Guidance

Nominating Foundation Governors

Removal of Foundation Governors

Ex Officio role

Governor Guidance – VA Schools

Schools Admission code

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Staffing and Employment Advice

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Governor Applications

The Foundation Governor Application form

Governor Monitoring and Support – Christian Character

To be published here….

Church of England Vision for Education

Called Connected Committed

SIAMS Evaluation Schedule

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Methodist Appendix for inter church schools


RE Statement of Entitlement

Mental Health and Well Being

Government Publications

Governance Handbook

Competency Framework

Clerking Competencies

Detailed advice and support – always available

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