Who can be a Foundation Governor? Foundation Governors are normally appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education and/or the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and sometimes by a separate trust or person. A Foundation Governor does not need to be a member of the PCC or on the church electoral role.
However they do need to be:
Ideally, an active member of a Christian worshipping community willing to uphold the faith and beliefs of the Church of England within the academy;
Committed to education in a Christian context;
Enthusiastic and active in promoting the academy’s distinctive Christian foundation
What is involved in the appointment of a Foundation Governor: Nominations for Foundation Governors are usually completed by the local incumbent.
It is the specific responsibility of the Foundation Governors to ensure that the foundation of the school or academy is sustained and developed. It is the role of the Foundation Governor to put all decisions and discussions within the context of the Christian foundation of the school. The Foundation Governor will also be able to bring to the school or academy its strategic relationship to both the local and diocesan church community and through this to the local community in a wider sense, and vice-versa.
The Governing Body is a corporate body that has responsibility for the governance of the school or academy and have a duty to undertake the core elements of governance. The role of the Foundation Governor has the remit of being a representative of the founding church and of the Trustees. All governors must also bear in mind the principles of the Church of England, of the Trust Deed and of the Ethos Statement of the school or academy in relation to the core elements of governance The spiritual care of the school or academy community is very important.
Why do we have Foundation Governors?
In short, it is a requirement of the Trust under which Church of England schools were established. Local churches or patrons undertook to build schools for the education of the children of their local communities, and endowed them with a Church of England Foundation. They have special responsibility to ensure that the guiding principles of the founding church are incorporated into all aspects of the governance of the school, the terms of the Trust Deed governing the school are adhered to Every Church of England School or academy has a Trust Deed which stipulates the principles and legal conditions under which the institution was established and should be run. At the majority of Church of England schools or academy the Trust Deed will dictate that the buildings are used for educational purposes only (there are exceptions and anomalies) with a clause specifying use by the local church on particular days or occasions.
Consider further the distinctive perspective of Church School Governors
Understand some history of the origin of VA and VC schools and how they differ
Acquire an overview of the support offered by the DBE
Meet some of the DBE team and understand their roles
Share thoughts and ideas with Foundation Governors also new to role.
The inclusion of Foundation Governors on the governing bodies of both Aided and Controlled schools is one of the distinguishing characteristics of Church schools. In many ways, Foundation Governors are identical to other governors but have the additional responsibility of ensuring the continuation of the distinctively Christian character and ethos of the school.
This course is led by members of the DBE team and repeats at virtually as an online session or at Church House, Guildford, each term.
Governing Body Continuing Development and Training
We can provide continuing development support for whole governing bodies. Our Education Team, Diocesan consultants and professional partners are all practitioners with appropriate and relevant experience in their specialist area allowing us to tailor according to requirements.
The School and Chair of Governors should contact the Education Team and Diocesan consultant/school improvement partner in advance of booking this service to discuss the type of training required. The focus will be agreed and confirmed prior to the training taking place.
Our Education team's deep sector school effectivenss expertise is in the delivery of Christian Distinctiveness and SIAMS, however we can also deliver a range of leadership support so please do discuss this with us.
Our approach: We will agree a date and time for the support that is convenient to you and identify a named consultant to work with you. This will be confirmed in writing.
What the training involves:
2-3 hour direct in-school training with the Governors either in school or online.