Becoming A Foundation Governor
What is a Foundation Governor?
There are a series of unique specifications that make a Catholic school Catholic. One of those is the right of the local Bishop to appoint Foundation Governors for his schools and for them to always be in a majority.
These Foundation Governors play a crucial role in preserving the Catholic ethos and Character of the school by representing the Bishop on the governing body.
Their responsibilities also include, holding the head teacher to account, setting the school budget, looking after the school's admissions policy and managing the recruitment of senior members of staff.
Why become a Foundation Governor?
If you have children at a Catholic School, you'll know that it's the school's strong ethos that's the key to its success.
Maintaining this ethos is the responsibility of the whole school but for foundation Governors it is their primary purpose.
Many people become Foundation Governors for different reasons. Some do it to give back to their local community while others find it to be a practical way to live out their faith.
What are the requirements and time commitments?
There are only two requirements to be a Foundation Governor. One I that you're over the age of 18 and you are a practising Catholic.
There's not a specific 'person specification' when it comes to the other skills you need, suffice to say all governing bodies need a wide range of people sitting on them.
In terms of time commitments, you are looking at 10-12 hours a month - this includes times spent in meetings. Governors are expected to attend at least one full governance meeting per term and join at least one subcommittee.
Where can I go for more information?
More information on becoming a Foundation Governor can be found below, on your diocese's website and on the Catholic Education Service's governance web page:
If you're looking for a fulfilling way to live out your faith in a way which has a direct and positive impact on your local community, then becoming a Foundation Governor in a Catholic school could be just for you.
Those who hold the role need to be committed to their faith as well as their community and must have a deep passion for maintaining and developing Catholic education.
For almost the entirety of its history, the Catholic Church had been committed to education. The first universities in this country were Catholic and after the restoration of the hierarchy, Catholics began building schools before churches.
To be able to continue the fantastic work done by our schools we need to make sure they have a strong governing body that preserves and promotes the unique and special nature of Catholic education.
Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP
Archbishop of Liverpool
Guidance for Priests
Diocese of Brentwood
Catholic Education Service - Governance