We really value the work you do as a Governor in our schools, especially when life itself is so busy, which is why we want to make sure all the information you need is here, clearly presented, to save you time. Take a look at our categories below, and if you still feel you can’t find what you need, or you would like to know more, please contact us on the details above.

Do you want to be a Governor?


Guidelines on becoming a Governor

Please read this before putting your name forward to be a Governor.

Governor Tales

Hear first hand experiences and stories from our current governors.

Process and Information for Nominees and Nominating Bodies

If you feel you would be suitable to be a Governor, or would like to run again, please complete the form below and submit it a full term before you are required to take up your position:

Nomination Form

Please note that it is a legal requirement to complete a DBS check within 28 days of being appointed.

Policy on Staff being a Foundation Governor

A document filled with advice on guidance on staff being a Foundation Governor.

Principles for Appointment of a Foundation Governor

Document to help you through the principles for appointment of a Foundation Governor.

Expression of Interest


We are always looking for appropriate foundation governors to serve in our schools. If you feel you have the right skills, knowledge and commitment to serve as a foundation governor please contact the Board of Education using the expression of interest form (link above).

Effective Governing Boards


The Board of Education runs a series of training events for governors throughout the year on various relevant subjects. Click the link above to find out more about the courses that are currently planned and to book on to a course.


This handbook contains all the relevant information for foundation governors. We strongly encourage all foundation governors to read the handbook shortly after appointment.

Code of conduct

This important document sets out the manner in which governing boards and individual governors should behave with respect to their responsibilities. It is important that all governors sign the code of conduct immediately upon appointment. Click the link above to download the document.

Self Evaluation Tools and Skills Audit

Governing boards are encouraged periodically to assess their effectiveness; this is best done through a series of questions and can be done with an external facilitator if appropriate. Click the link above to download the document.

Thinking Governance

Thinking Governance is a tool designed and tested by the Church of England Education Office which helps governing boards consider the strategic vision, mission and direction of the school, and puts it into a succinct action plan. Click the link above to download the document.

Committee Terms of Reference

Model terms of reference for governing boards and their sub committees can be found here. Click the link above to download the document.

Data – All Primary Governors need to know

Data is a minefield, it’s hard for schools leaders to find their way through it all, but for many governors it is often difficult to understand and interpret. And yet it’s vital that governors have a sound working knowledge of school data. This document gives a step by step guide to help Governors better understand data in primary schools.

Governor Responsibility


Admissions and Appeal

Admission Appeals Information

Admission Arrangements, Guidance on admissions criteria.


Governors of VA schools have significant responsibilities with regards to buildings, please click here to link through to our building page for further information, advice and guidance. 

Staff Appointments

Model contracts for voluntary aided and foundation school and converter academy staff, click here for information and guidance. 

Becoming an Academy


If you’re seeking Academy Status please click here to find information and answers.

Information for Governing Boards

Diocesan Letter to Members of Parliament (March 2017)

Church of England Vision Statement for Education

Working Together: Church-School Partnerships

A statement of guidance from Bishop Julian and Stephen Whittaker on churches and schools working together.

Policy for the removal of Foundation Governors

Keep in Touch


A Message from Dr Sam Johnson

Dear Chair of Governors (2)-1

Dr Sam Johnson’s welcome to all Chairs of Governors at the start of a new year – click here to read.


We would LOVE to hear your encouraging and inspiring stories about your schools and how the governing board are engaging in your schools. Click the above link to send us the information so we can share around the Diocese, photos welcome!!