Within church schools, Foundation Governors are appointed by a church body and have additional responsibilities within the governing body;
‘A strong, well-led governing body, supportive of the school, its teachers and its mission makes an important contribution to the school’s wellbeing and effectiveness. The foundation governors will have an especial care for the school’s Christian character.’
(National Society 2013)
Foundation governors have the responsibility to secure the character of the school as a Church of England voluntary school, that it is preserved and developed on accordance with the school’s trust deed and its ethos statement. This will include facilitating links between the school and its parish and being involved in the preparation of the school’s self-evaluation prior to a SIAMS inspection, and possibly attending the inspection itself.
Governance of Academy Schools
The governance of academy schools will differ, but the academy trust will be able to give guidance on this. Please contact Terence Doyle for advice to governors in the Good Shepherd Trust.