Governors Information

Foundation Governors

Every Church School appoints Foundation Governors to be part of the Governing Body. In Controlled Schools (VC) a minority is in place, and they form the majority in Aided Schools (VA). In an Aided School, the number of Foundation Governors must exceed the total of other Governors by two. In addition, one third of all governors must be parents of pupils at the school.  If you are thinking of becoming a Foundation Governor, please have a look at the link below.

Thinking of becoming a Foundation Governor

The responsibility for finding and appointing a suitable Foundation Governor is that of the incumbent, governing body, school and the church community. An Application Form must be completed which requires 4 signatures: The Incumbent; The Headteacher; The Chair of Governors; The Diocesan Director of Education.

Please refer to the guidance documents below to ensure that you nominate a suitable candidate for the role. The responsibility of school governors, not just Foundation Governors, has increased over the past few years.  They are now called upon to have knowledge in a lot of different areas within a school so please make sure that any potential candidates are aware of what will be the Head's and School’s expectations of them.

Please ensure the relevant application or re-appointment form below is completed, signed and returned to the Education Team.  Once the nomination has been approved an appointment letter will be sent to the new or re-appointed Foundation Governor.

Training Dates

Being a Governor in a Church School
£90 or free to Partnership Schools

15th January 2020, 3.00pm, The Palace, Hereford
11th March 2020, 5.00pm, Unit 8/9, Eco Park, Ludlow

Booking Form

Hope Church School Governance Online Training Programme

The Hope Church School Governance Online Training Programme (CSGTP) is aimed at Governors and Trustees (Directors) in both church schools and schools with a distinctively Christian ethos, providing support for Governors and Trustees (Directors) committed to improving provision and outcomes for children and young people. The programme has been developed by experts and professionals with a background in church school leadership, governance and inspection. The Hereford Diocesan Board of Education will support 10 Boards of Governors with a 50% contribution (max £62.50). (One governor per Board of Governors).

Why do this course?

  • Raise your awareness of the changing expectations of Governing Boards and meeting today's challenges in the education sector, whilst holding on to the mission and vision of a church school.
  • Engage professionally with others in a collaborative and interactive module.
  • Study online in your own time, whilst benefiting from access to personal tutors and group reflections.
  • Key themes include the changing context, mission, vision and values, collaborative learning, decision-making accountability.


Primarily designed for experienced, new and aspiring governors and trustees (directors) working within church schools. Governors of faith working within non-church schools may find the programme personally enriching.

Dates: May - November 2020

Fees:  Number of Places Price
1 £199 (Reduced for 2020)
2+ £175 
5+ £150 
10+ £125 

Please find the course flyer attached with more details. If you require any further information or wish to discuss further please contact Sian Lines, Deputy Director of Education s.lines@hereford.anglican.org or telephone 01584 871074. Bookings need to be done via us to gain the financial support.

Click here for more information about the course.