Governance, Leadership & Management

Welcome to the Governance Section
Governors make a difference

There can be few more rewarding ways of serving the community and making a difference to the lives of young people than by being a school or academy governor. It is a dynamic and challenging ministry that helps to transform young lives and provides exciting opportunities for putting professional skills and experience to work in a voluntary context where they are much needed and valued.  Being a governor can also be personally enriching, offering training and opportunities to broaden professional horizons and acquire new skills and experience.

Our church schools and academies only thrive and achieve the best for the young people in their care if they have effective governing bodies, made up of people with the necessary skills, time, commitment and vision for Christian education who will provide the strategic leadership that makes for success. 

The Role of Governing Bodies

All governing bodies, whether of maintained schools or academies, have three core functions. 

These are:
to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
to hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils as well as for the performance management of staff;
to oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent.

It is the responsibility of all governors to carry out these functions. 

Governing bodies of Church of England schools and academies, and foundation governors in particular, have a special responsibility for ensuring that the Christian character of the school is secured and developed and that the school is run in accordance with its trust deed and the ethos statement which appears on its Instrument of Government. 

In a Voluntary Aided school or an academy, the governing body is also the employer of the school staff and has additional responsibilities for land and buildings and pupil admissions. 


Governors' Conference 2017

The Governors' Conference for 2017 will take place on Wednesday 28 June at the National Coal Mining Museum, Overton, Wakefield.  The speaker for the morning session will be the Rt Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs, Area Bishop of Huddersfield and Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education. The afternoon session will have a series of workshops around topics relevant to the role of a school governor.  The theme of the conference is Vision and Leadership and this follows on from the successful Headteachers' Conference at Rudding Park, Harrogate, in March.

A flier and booking form are below.  To reserve a place, please email the booking form to