We are delighted to welcome new governors and celebrate with gratitude the work of our existing and reappointed governors and trustees. We hope that the information and schedule of training events below is helpful.
There are 192 Church of England schools within Manchester Diocese. All were founded on Christian Principles and their Instrument of Government requires that their foundation is upheld by maintaining the Christian distinctiveness of the school through its vision, values and leadership of which the Governing Body is an important part.
Governance and working as part of a governing body team is rewarding, interesting and makes a huge difference to the school, its pupils and the local community. All governors on a church school governing body work collectively to ensure the effectiveness of the school as a place of learning, where Christian values flourish, diversity is celebrated and all are welcomed. Good relationships are important in order to provide supportive critique for the headteacher who leads the school on an operational and strategic basis.
All Church of England schools must have foundation governors who are additionally committed to support and promote the Christian foundation on which the school was established (please see the Foundation Governor Policy and training schedule below). In the Diocese of Manchester, we have three types of foundation governor:
- The ex-officio governor – normally the incumbent (local vicar) unless a substitute has been nominated by the archdeacon
- Those appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC)
- Those appointed by the Board of Education as a Diocesan Foundation Governor.
A school governor’s term of office lasts for four year, although a governor can step down at any point should the need arise. Ex Officio Foundation Governors remain in post for the duration of their role in parish.
Manchester Diocesan Board of Education offers a range of growing support concerning foundation governance to schools and PCCs. This page will be regularly updated with information concerning Induction and training events. The Diocesan Calendar will also hold future training events.
For further information or enquiries please contact Ruth Gent by email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you as you join upcoming training and events.
Foundation Governor Policy June 2021
Recruiting a New Foundation Governor
Governor and trustee training schedule Sept 2022 to July 2023
Additional recruitment resources
Example of church publicity for recruiting school governors
St Mary's Moss Side governor recruitment experience
PCC Foundation Governors Process 2022
PCC Foundation Governor Application Form
Appointment process for Diocesan appointed Foundation Governors
Diocesan Foundation Governor Application Form
Appointment process for Substitute Ex Officio Foundation Governor
Substitute Ex Officio Governor Application Form
Multi Academy Trust Foundation Trustee Application Form
Role of Diocesan Governors in Church Schools
Thanksgiving and community celebrations
Manchester Cathedral and other churches across the diocese hold services of Thanksgiving and Celebration for the voluntary service of Foundation Governors when possible.