Some information to get you started

Once you have been appointed as a Foundation Governor you will receive a letter and certificate in the post.  Below you will find all the information and reading you will need to start you off in your school.  Some schools offer an induction pack of their own and you may be invited to a meeting or training session from your local council (in voluntary aided schools) or from your Academy Trust.  The diocesan education service is the only local source of Catholic specific information and training, so have a read through the information on this page and if you have any questions please either ask your Chair of Governors or contact Debbie Main at the Diocesan Education Service on 01604 953369 or

 The Bishop of Northampton recommends that all Foundation Governors undertake the following free, online training:

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.  

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.  You can find all the details here.  

The following documents can be downloaded or viewed online.  Governors have different responsibilities in academies and maintained (voluntary aided) schools.  In academies Directors take on strategic responsibility for areas such as Finance, Premises and some policies and it is governors responsibility to ensure they are implemented in school.  For further details of who is responsible for what in academies, please talk to your Chair of Governors in school.


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

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