Becoming a Governor


All Church of England Schools must have Foundation Governors.  In Voluntary Aided schools they should outnumber all other categories of governor put together by a majority of at least two.  Voluntary Controlled schools have a minority of Foundation Governors.

In the Diocese of Oxford we have three types of Foundation Governor:

  • those appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education often from the local church community;
  • those appointed directly by the Parochial Church Council (PCC);
  • the ex-officio governor – normally the incumbent (local vicar), unless a substitute has been nominated and agreed by the Archdeacon.

All the governors of a church school must work collectively to ensure the effectiveness of the school as a place of learning, where Christian values can flourish. Your school’s instrument of Government (IoG) will make it clear how your governing body is constituted.

For any enquiries regarding appointment of governors please contact Tracy Richardson on 01865 208242 or e-mail tracy.richardson@oxford.anglican.org – nomination forms and declarations are available to download below.

Information and forms for the appointment of Foundation Governors