What are foundation governors?
Foundation governors take on all normal governor duties, but also have a specific concern for governing the ethos of a school. In Church of England schools they have a particular concern for maintaining the Christian ethos, as well as Collective Worship and RE. These governors are appointed by the church authorities.
What does CSoC have to do with foundation governors?
The Church Schools of Cambridge appoints half the foundation governors in our four schools, the other half are appointed by the Ely Diocesan Board of Education.
Why are Foundation governors important?
Governors hold the head teacher to account, decide the strategic direction of the school and make decisions about staffing levels. However, beyond that governors also get involved in the life of the school, attending events and helping out in the classroom. Foundation governors, beyond this have a particular concern for the ethos of the school, as noted above. The Diocese of Ely, in describing the ethos of a Church of England school writes:
“The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.”
Foundation governors have a role in ensuring not only that the school provides high quality education to its pupils, but also that the Christian ethos of the school is maintained. For an exploration of the skills required in a foundation governor see here.
Interested in being a foundation governor?
If you are interested in being a foundation governor, or helping out in one of our schools please contact us.
All governing bodies are required to reconstitute by September 2015. CSoC has developed a skills audit to help with this process which takes into account the specific needs of a Church school.