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We are delighted to welcome new governors and celebrate with gratitude the work of our existing and reappointed governors and trustees.

There are 192 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 supporting and promoting 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 years, 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

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


Foundation Governor Policy October 2023

Recruiting a New Foundation Governor

Additional recruitment resources 

Example of church publicity for recruiting school governors

​​​​​​St Mary's Moss Side governor recruitment experience


PCC Foundation Governors Process 2022

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

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.

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