Become a Governor in a Catholic School



Missionary disciples are those who have encountered God’s saving love in the person of Jesus Christ and actively go out to share that love with those they meet.  Missionary disciples, as members of the Church, grow in their relationship with Jesus and their mission to others by allowing their whole lives to be continually transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are all called to be missionary disciples, and by volunteering as a school governor you will be able to share God’s love in schools across the diocese, touching the lives of thousands of pupils and staff.

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.

The Education Service 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 on 

Relationship & Sex Education Training: The Catholic Education Service has created and RSE E-Learning course, it is free and suitable for Governors, Directors and anyone in school who is interested in developing a clear understanding of the teaching of RSE in a Catholic school.  For more information please contact  

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 6 – 8 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 Joseph’s & St Gregory’s Primary, Thomas More Secondary.

Buckinghamshire: St Peter’s Primary, Marlow, St Joseph’s Infants, Aylesbury

Corby: St Patrick’s Primary, St Brendan’s Primary

Kettering: St Edward’s Primary Kettering

Luton & Dunstable: St Margaret of Scotland Primary, St Mary’s & St Vincent’s Primaries, St Martin de Porres Primary

Milton Keynes: St Pauls Secondary

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

Northamptonshire: St Mary’s Aston le Walls, Our Lady’s Primary Wellingborough

Slough: No vacancies 


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

NORTHAMPTON DIOCESE, director for schoolS

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