Become a Governor in a Catholic School

All schools have a governing body comprising of different types of governors, for example  parent-governors, teacher-governors etc.  In addition to these categories, Governing bodies in Catholic schools also include Foundation Governors, however the Foundation Governors will always form a majority.

The main role of a governing body is to operate at strategic level, ensuring that the Catholic vision  and ethos of the school is upheld, holding the Headteacher and leadership team to account and  overseeing the financial performance of the school.  Foundation Governors are appointed by the local Bishop specifically to preserve and develop the Catholic ethos of the school and represent the Bishop’s education policy to the governing body. This is why Foundation Governors will always outnumber other governors.  There is no magic formula about what makes a perfect Foundation Governor, they come from all walks of life and all ages. But it is important that each governing body has a good mix of skills, knowledge and experience.

NORES manages the process for the appointment of Foundation Governors and provides support to governing bodies in carrying out their responsibilities.


Formatio Governor Training: The Catholic Education Service have launched new online training for governors and directors in Catholic schools.  You can find all the details here.  If you have any questions contact Debbie Main using the details above.

Bespoke Governor Training can be sourced for your Governing Body or Board of Directors from our own teaching school; Inspirit Teaching School in Bedford.  Have a look at their website for details.

Are you a practising Catholic? Do you care about Catholic education? Can you commit to 10-12 hours a month? If you think that you might make a good foundation governor, you should nominate yourself for consideration for appointment. You may already have been encouraged to nominate yourself by your Parish Priest, a Head Teacher, a Chair of Governors or someone else in the Catholic community. 

Foundation Governor Factsheet

Foundation Governor Application Form

Foundation Governor Application Guidance Notes

Contact Debbie Main, Schools Officer for more information on 01582 723312 or