Foundation Local Governors

The distinctive role of Foundation Local Governors

Foundation Local Governors have a special role in, and responsibility for, ensuring that the Christian character of a Church of England academy is secured, preserved and developed and that the academy is run in accordance with any trust deed relating to the school.

Foundation Local Governors are representatives of the Church of England on the Local Governing Body / Committee. They should endeavor to cultivate respect for the spiritual and moral beliefs of the Christian tradition, and to create a community in which pupils, cared for as individuals, are helped to find fulfillment as they grow towards adulthood. As an active Christian presence within the academy, they are a vital link between parish and school, playing a unique role in strengthening and enriching the dynamic relationship between the academy, Church and the wider community.

Foundation Local Governors have certain specific roles and responsibilities over and above other Local Governors, which will depend on the type of academy in which they operate. However, they will all need to work with the PCC and local parish church, the Incumbent and other members of the academy's Local Governing Body / Committee in upholding the academy's ethos statement and making sure that the academy is distinctively Christian.

Appointment processes and procedures

Guidance on the role of a Foundation Local Governor can be found below, along with a summary of our process for the appointment of Foundation Local Governors, the Ethos Undertaking that all Local Governors will be required to complete and our standard recommendation form for potential Foundation Local Governors.

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