Governance and Admissions


We are delighted to welcome new governors and celebrate with gratitude the work of our existing and reappointed governors and trustees.  We hope that the information and schedule of training events below is helpful.

There are 191 Church of England schools within Manchester Diocese.  All were founded on Christian Principles and their Instrument of Government requires that their foundation is upheld by maintaining the Christian distinctiveness of the school through its vision, values and leadership of which the Governing Body is an important part.

Governance and working as part of a governing body team is rewarding, interesting and makes a huge difference to the school, its pupils and the local community. All governors on a church school governing body work collectively to ensure the effectiveness of the school as a place of learning, where Christian values flourish, diversity is celebrated and all are welcomed.  Good relationships are important in order to provide supportive critique for the headteacher who leads the school on an operational and strategic basis.  

All Church of England schools must have foundation governors who are additionally committed to support and promote the Christian foundation on which the school was established (please see the Foundation Governor Policy and training schedule below). In the Diocese of Manchester, we have three types of foundation governor:

  • The ex-officio governor – normally the incumbent (local vicar) unless a substitute has been nominated by the archdeacon
  • Those appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC)
  • Those appointed by the Board of Education as a Diocesan Foundation Governor.

A school governor’s term of office lasts for four year, although a governor can step down at any point should the need arise.  Ex Officio Foundation Governors remain in post for the duration of their role in parish.

Manchester Diocesan Board of Education offers a range of growing support concerning foundation governance to schools and PCCs. This page will be regularly updated with information concerning Induction and training events.  The Diocesan Calendar will also hold future training events.

For further information or enquiries please contact Ruth Gent by email

We look forward to welcoming you as you join upcoming training and events.



Foundation Governor Policy June 2021

Recruiting a New Foundation Governor



Appointment process for PCC appointed Foundation Governors

PCC Foundation Governor Application Form

Appointment process for Diocesan appointed Foundation Governors

Diocesan Foundation Governor Application Form

Appointment process for Substitute Ex Officio Foundation Governor

Substitute Ex Officio Governor Application Form

Multi Academy Trust Foundation Trustee Application Form



Role of Diocesan Governors in Church Schools


Training Schedule

Governor Training Schedule

Governors' Conference (25 June): Developing the Diversity of Governing Boards


Thanksgiving and community celebrations

Manchester Cathedral and other churches across the diocese hold services of Thanksgiving and Celebration for the voluntary service of Foundation Governors when possible.


Coordinated Admissions

For VA/Foundation and Academies the Governing Board are the admissions authority.  For VC schools this is the responsibility of the Local Authority.

Coordinated admission is the government statutory initiative which provides an easier process for allocating each child a place at either a primary or secondary school. Voluntary Aided schools, foundation schools, academies and free schools are advised to liaise with their local authorities and to send their determined admission arrangements to their LA by 15 March each year, even when no changes have been made.

School Admissions (Coordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended in 2014, is available at

Where changes are proposed, there must be consultation on the proposed changes, as required by the School Admissions Code. Copies of your Local Authority's Coordinated Scheme for Admissions must be published on the LA's website each year. The LA is also required to publish each year a composite prospectus setting out the admissions arrangements (including any supplementary forms) for each of the state-funded schools in the LA's area.

Aided schools must consult with the Board of Education before going to statutory consultation, unless they wish to amend their policies further. Policies should be sent to Liam Eaglestone, Deputy Director of Education


Admissions Builder

The Admissions Builder has been designed to help schools and dioceses when setting admissions arrangements. Initially this has been released to dioceses, to help in our role issuing guidance to schools and in working with you on admissions issues as well as ensuring any proposed changes come to the diocese before public consultation. Individual schools can also access the weblink directly. You can access  the Admissions Builder via the Church of England’s website at

The school will need to separately generate its SIF, the catchment area map itself and the standard Minister/ Faith Leader Verification Form (for those who prefer pre-decimal terminology, the ‘Clergy Reference Letter’). For details regarding what specific information can and cannot be requested in the SIF please refer to Section 2:4 of The School admissions Code

School Admission authorities are required to annually review arrangements and how those admission arrangements reflect the school's vision and mission as a Church of England school, serving the common good.

For further advice regarding School Admissions please contact Liam Eaglestone, Deputy director of Education / 07384 254262.

Updated admissions advice is sent to Headteachers and Chairs of Governors as appropriate.


The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House, 
90 Deansgate, 
Manchester M3 2GH

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Telephone: 0161 828 1400