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What is the process for appointing a Foundation Governor?

How do we know how many Foundation Governors we need?

Please look at your Instrument of Government or your Articles of Association.

How long does the Foundation Governor appointment process take?

We always aim to make appointments as quickly as possible. As soon as we receive the application, we seek two references. It helps to speed up the process if your referees are expecting an email requesting a reference. Once we receive the references, the application is sent to the Senior Leadership Team for consideration. They meet once a week on a Monday.

How can I become a Foundation Governor? 

Please contact Sue Edgar, Governance and Compliance Lead, at 

Do I have to attend the church in the parish of the school to be a Foundation Governor?

No. The person should be fit and willing to support the Anglican ethos, values and aims of the school and be a person of faith. It is not necessary to live in the parish where the school is situated or attend a particular church. 

Do I need to be a member of the Church of England to be a Foundation Governor?

Foundation Governors represent the Church of England and so, whilst it is not essential that all are communicant Anglicans, it is preferred that they have Christian commitment. On the appointment form, nominees are given the opportunity to reflect on the special role of the Foundation Governor and indicate how they feel they are suited to it. They must agree to support and maintain the Christian Foundation and Voluntary Status of the school and support the principles underlying the school’s Trust Deed, by ensuring the school is distinctively Christian, and that Christian Values, principles and beliefs are central to the school’s ethos, curriculum, relationships and work.