Become a Governor in a Catholic School

The Role

The governors of a Catholic school work as a team, in close co-operation with the Headteacher and leadership team.  All governors and staff contribute to the Catholic character of the school and the Catholic nature of the education provided.  

Foundation governors are appointed by the bishop to represent their interests and those of the Catholic community as a whole. Foundation governors play a leading role in the Catholic community: they collaborate with the bishop in his ministry in education. It is, therefore, important for them to:

  • Know and implement the bishop’s policies on education, including religious education;
  • Represent those policies to the governing body;
  • Understand and promote the distinctive nature of Catholic education;
  • Act for the good of Catholic education as a whole within the diocese, considering not only the interests of the individual school, but the interests of other schools;
  • Respond to the needs of the Catholic community as a whole, as represented by the bishop;
  • Secure the long-term future of Catholic education;
  • Always act in accordance with the mind of the bishop.

The 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.   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 on behalf of the bishop 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.

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.

Governor Vacancies

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.

Current Vacancies:

Bedford: St John Rigby Primary, St Joseph’s & St Gregory’s Primary, Thomas More Secondary.

Buckinghamshire: St Peter’s Primary, Marlow

Corby: St Patrick’s Primary

Kettering: No vacancies

Luton & Dunstable: St Martin de Porres Primary, St Margaret of Scotland Primary, Sacred Heart Primary

Milton Keynes: St Mary Magdalene Primary

Northampton: St Mary’s & St Gregory’s Primary, The Good Shepherd Primary

Northamptonshire: St Mary’s Aston le Walls

Slough: St Ethelbert’s Primary, St Anthony’s Primary, St Joseph’s Secondary.

Contact Debbie Main, Schools Officer for more information via or click on the school name to go to their website.

“Governance is an important ministry in the Church, we welcome people from all walks of life to apply”

Collette Curtis, director for school development