The Governing Body is an essential leadership group within a school.

The Governing Body hold many statutory powers and have considerable statutory powers regarding the strategic direction of a school.

In church schools the Governing Body and the Foundation Governors in particular also have a duty to ensure the school upholds and develops its distinctive Christian character.

With power comes responsibility and the diocesan education team is on hand to support and advise any governor of a church school with regard to any aspect of leadership and management.

The links below will provide information on many aspects of governorship. If you cannot see the heading you need please contact the education team and speak to either:

Liz Hodson on 02392 899 658 email

Reconstitution Of Governing Bodies 2014

This is the latest guidance on the reconstitution of governing bodies

Reconstitution Guidance May 2014

Powerpoint explaining the guidance above

What to do flowchart

Instrument of Government Template


NGA Governor Skills Audit Tool


Statutory Instrument No. 1034 School Governance Constitution 2012

Statutory Instrument No. 421 School Governance Amendment 2012

Statutory Instrument No. 1035 School Governance Federations 2012


IoG Calculator - Controlled Schools - Excel Spreadsheet

IoG Calculator - Aided/Foundation Schools - Excel Spreadsheet

IoG Calculator - Federation with TWO Schools - Excel Spreadsheet

IoG Calculator - Federation with THREE Schools - Excel Spreadsheet

Example of a Distinctively Christian Committee Structure

Example Committee Structure

Appointing Foundation Governors

Foundation governors are nominated by either the local parochial church council or deanery synod and appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education for a four year term of office. 

The Board of Education formally appoints foundation governors and must be assured all foundation governor have the skills needed by the governing body to ensure the success of the school.

If you are considering being nominated as a Foundation Governor, please see the FG Notes of Guidance for information on eligibility requirements.

For further information please contact Liz Hodson by phone 02392 899 658 or email

Nomination Forms for Foundation Governors

Updated July 2014

Please select the appropriate diocesan form below.

Portsmouth Diocese Nomination Form

Winchester Diocese Nomination Form

Ex-Officio Acceptance Form

Updated July 2014

Please will ex-officio Foundatiopn Governors use this form to register their acceptance of the role as a Foundation Governor.

Ex-Officio Acceptance Form

Notes of guidance for Foundation Governors


Governors' Handbook 2014

Governors' Handbook May 2014

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