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Foundation Governor Appointment Process

Do you have a Foundation Governor vacancy?

This could be due to a resignation or a Foundation Governor not wishing to be re-appointed.

Your school's Instrument of Government clearly sets out the constitution of your governing body and how this is made up. Every Governor should have a copy of this document.

It may state that... ‘the governing body shall consist of 2 Foundation Governors’ and then details how these Foundation Governors should be appointed. For example - 

'6. The Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education is entitled to appoint one ex officio foundation governor.

The Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education, after consultation with the Parochial Church Council, or if appropriate, the Village Church Council or District Church Council, of the parish in which the school is situated being a person who is fit and willing to support the Anglican ethos, values and aims of the school and be a person of faith, is entitled to appoint 1 foundation governor.'

This means the PCC nominate a suitable person and the Board of Education is responsible for approving the appointment.

The Diocesan Board of Education is only involved in the appointment of Foundation Governors.

Please see Foundation Governor appointment process flowchart below for further guidance.

This process can also be used for re-appointments. Please allow 2 months' notice for re-appointments.

Sue Edgar, Governance and Compliance Lead at