Appointing Foundation Governors – new system from 31st October 2021 onwards
Foundation governors play a vital role in supporting and preserving the Christian ethos and religious character of the church schools in the diocese and we very much appreciate their service and commitment to this task.
In recent years, these appointments have often been made rather informally and we now need to put in place a more formal appointments system. This is to enable the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) to fulfil its role as a foundation appointing body, and also to fulfil certain requirements of charity law. A similar approach is in use in other dioceses.
Guidance and application forms: We are introducing an application form and a guidance document on the new appointments process; available below. This should cover all or most appointment situations. If you are unsure who is the appointing body for a particular foundation place, this information is in your Instrument of Government.
- Where the appointing body is the DBE: For the majority of foundation places the appointing body is the DBE, on nominations from the local PCC. From 31st October onwards, where the DBE is the appointing body for a foundation place, they will be directly involved in formally approving that appointment. Local PCCs that already have nominating rights will retain these but the formal appointment will be made by the DBE.
- Where the appointing body is the local PCC: For a minority of places, the local PCC is the direct appointing body. Where that is the case, this will continue.
- Where the appointing body is a different organisation: this is covered in the new guidance document.
Before 31st October: please continue to use whatever appointment system is in local use. Application forms are not required for appointments made before this date.
From 31st October onwards: the application form will be a required part of the appointment process. Where the DBE is the appointing body, applications will need to feed into DBE meeting cycles.
Appointments will not be complete until formally approved by the appointing body. The education team will be keeping records of applications and appointments for monitoring purposes, and can assist with any queries. It will of course take time to embed a new way of working and it won’t be perfect from the outset. I am sure though, that by working together we can iron out any challenges we encounter along the way.
The role of Foundation Governor is a vocational one. In John Chapter 13 we read this:
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
For all those who offer a vocation to governance in loving service of our school family – we are deeply grateful. This work supports that of the headteacher and staff, colleague governors and makes a difference to the lives of children and young people.
Please be assured of our prayers for all those who undertake this important task.
Canon Carolyn Lewis
Diocesan Director of Education
Foundation Governor appointment process for maintained schools and federations
Application to be a Foundation Governor