Becoming a Governor

Governance and working as part of a governing body team is rewarding, interesting and makes a huge difference to the school, its pupils and the community. We are delighted to welcome new governors and hope that the information below is helpful.

There are several different categories of governor – foundation, parent, local authority, staff and ex-officio. Our schools may have vacancies for a particular category of governor at any given time.

Anyone wishing to serve as a governor must be over 18 and will have to apply through an agreed process to ensure that they are suitable to support a school under their chosen category.

Most importantly prospective governors must have the time, appropriate skills and commitment to help the governing board and school provide outstanding outcomes and experiences for all children and staff.

All Church of England schools must have foundation governors to support and promote the Christian foundations on which the school was built.

In the Diocese of Oxford, we have three types of foundation governor:

  • Those appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education in collaboration with the local church community;
  • Those appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC); and
  • The ex-officio governor – normally the incumbent (local vicar) unless a substitute has been nominated by the archdeacon.

All governors on a church school governing body work collectively to ensure the effectiveness of the school as a place of learning, where Christian values flourish.

If you are interested in becoming a governor or would like to know more about the roles and responsibilities please contact the school of your choice or Tracy Richardson, School Support Officer at: or 01865 208242.

Information and forms for the appointment of Foundation Governors