Foundation Governors

Ellesmere Port Catholic School has a vacancy for a Foundation Governor.

What are Foundation Governors?

All schools have a governing body comprising of different types of governors, for example parent-governors, teacher-governors etc.   In addition to these categories, governing bodies in Catholic schools also include Foundation Governors.

The main role of a governing body is to operate at strategic level, ensuring that the Catholic vision and ethos of the school is upheld, holding the Headteacher and leadership team to account and overseeing the financial performance of the school.

Foundation Governors are appointed by the local Bishop specifically to preserve and develop the Catholic ethos of the school and represent the Bishop’s education policy to the governing body.  This is why Foundation governors will always outnumber other governors.

There is no magic formula about what makes a good Foundation Governor; they come from all walks of life and all ages.  However it is important that each governing body has a good mix of skills, knowledge and experience.

The Diocese of Shrewsbury manages the process for the appointment of Foundation Governors and provides support to governing bodies in carrying out their responsibilities.

Are you interested?

See the FAQ information for further information.  To apply for the Foundation Governor role please visit the Diocese of Shrewsbury website and download and complete the forms or email


  1. Who can become a Foundation Governor?

Any practising Catholic over the age of 18 can become a Foundation Governor

  1. How do I prove I’m a practising Catholic?

You will as part of the nomination process, need to provide details for the Priest of the Parish or chaplaincy where you regularly worship in order that the Bishop may take up a reference verifying your Catholic practice


What is the time commitment?

The average Foundation Governor role will take up about 10-12 hours a month.  This includes the minimum requirement of attending three full governing body meetings per year and serving on at least one committee.  You will also be encouraged to attend free training sessions.

  1. What are the safeguarding checks?

As a requirement of the appointment process, all governors, regardless of category, will be required to consent to the carrying out of any appropriate checks, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks (previously known as Criminal Records Bureau checks).