Academically rigorous and engaging

Published on: 10 January 2023

One project being developed as part of the outworking of our Diocesan Vision is: “to strengthen our work with children, youth and families, we will develop more fruitful connections between school and church.”

There is already much great work going on in this area, but one constant is the need for Foundation Governors who can support the school and its staff as they seek to live out their Christian vision.

Those involved in school governance will tell you there is lots to do but that it is a rewarding way to serve your community, particularly the younger generation. In church schools we have the privilege of upholding the Christian foundation often established over 200 years ago. In the 21st century that is worked out through ensuring that Christian principles are embedded in the day-to-day life of the school. Examples include a daily act of Collective Worship, a Religious Education curriculum that is academically rigorous and engaging, a physical environment that provides for reflective spaces, and that the spiritual development of pupils is taken seriously.

It is often written that we need governors with particular skills such as finance, personnel management, or school improvement, but even more importantly we need Foundation Governors who care for their local church school, who recognise this work as part of the mission of the church and who want to serve through building relationships with those working and studying in our church schools.

If you would like to find out more, please contact our Head of Governance, Hannah Monk on 01603 550163 or

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