Governance in a Catholic School
Governing bodies help schools and academies to fulfil their mission. All schools have governing bodies made up of different categories of governors. All Catholic school governing bodies are made up of foundation governors, but also include parent governors, staff governors, the Principal, and community governors.
The role of the Governing Body
The main role of the governing body is to operate at a strategic level, leaving the Principal and senior leaders responsible and accountable to the governing body for the operational day-to-day running of the school. As such, the three core functions of the governing body are:
Foundation governors are specifically appointed by the Bishop or Religious Order to ensure the preservation and development of the school's Catholic character, to ensure that the school is being conducted as a Catholic School, and to represent the Bishop's (and the Religious Order's) education policy to the governing body. However, all categories of governor in a Catholic School are required to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the school in addition to their other legal duties. Foundation governors always outnumber all other governors by at least two so as to ensure a majority vote where matters of particular Catholic importance arise.