Diocesan Policy for Foundation Governors

The Role of the Governing Board

The role of the Governing/Trust Board is to contribute to the work of the school in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

Establishing the strategic direction, by:

  • Develop and uphold the Christian distinctiveness of the school
  • Setting and ensuring clarity of vision, values, and objectives for the school(s)
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability by:

  • Appointing the headteacher/executive headteacher
  • Monitoring the educational performance of the school/s and progress towards agreed targets
  • Performance managing the headteacher/ executive headteacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

Overseeing financial performance, by:

  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

Who nominates Foundation Governors/Trustees?

In most cases, one of the Foundation Governors/Trustees will be the incumbent of the school’s parish/benefice by virtue of their office. This is called the Ex-officio Foundation Governor.

The school’s Instrument of Government, (or in the case of stand-alone academies, the relevant section of their Articles of Association), will set out which organisation has the responsibility of appointing the remaining Foundation Governors/Trustees.

In the Diocese of Lichfield, appointments may be made either by the Diocesan Board of Education, (DBE), or the Parochial Church Council, (PCC). In the case of academies, nominations are made by the Lichfield Diocesan Education Trust (LDET) and ratified by the DBE.

Nominations for PCC Foundation Governor appointments should be ratified at a PCC meeting. The nomination form is completed by the PCC Secretary.

Nominations for the appointment of DBE or LDET Foundation Governors/Trustees, should be made by the Incumbent. The Incumbent should consult with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors. The nomination form should be completed by the Incumbent. When there is an interregnum, this task can be discharged by the PCC Secretary or a Churchwarden.

Who should they be?

Any nominee for a Foundation Governor/Trustee should be confident in their ability to uphold, monitor and develop the Christian vision and values of the school.

Traditionally, nominees have had to show evidence of a regular Christian commitment through regular attendance at church. However, the LDBE recognises that Christian commitment can be evidenced in several ways. Traditional expectations for attendance at an Anglican Church is not always possible due to the changing nature of parishes. The need for high quality Foundation Governors/Trustees means that we need to be more creative and inclusive of our Christian Brothers and Sisters in Christ. There are many examples of where we can seek nominations for Foundation Governors, although these are not exhaustive:

  • Methodist Church
  • Fresh Expressions
  • Other Christian denominations
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Home Churches

The appointment process


If you are interested in receiving further information please contact Paula Lloyd on 01543 306040 or email [email protected] or download the following information:

Nominations for foundation governors and Academy Local Governing Boards are usually completed by the local incumbent, to download a nomination form please use the link below:





For other useful guidance on governors please click on the links below:




The NGA assists governors and trustees in their strategic role.