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Have you ever thought of becoming a Church School Foundation Governor?

The Diocesan Board of Education (the DBE) appoints over 400 foundation governors to be part of the governing body of its family of 180 Church of England schools across the Diocese.

Governing bodies are crucial in the successful running and management of schools and the people who give up their time to volunteer as school governors do so in the knowledge that they are serving their community and making a real difference to the lives of children.

As a new initiative, the DBE is looking to develop a ‘pool’ of volunteers who would be willing to serve as foundation governors to fill existing and future vacancies. In order to do this, we are working with SGOSS (School Governor One Stop Shop), a government funded, not-for-profit organisation who help recruit governors to schools across the country. Look out for the advertising campaign that will be coming to your parish soon!

For more about governance in Church of England schools, visit the Bath and Wells website at and click on the ‘Supporting Children and Young People’ tab, then on ‘School Governance’.

If you think that school governance isn’t for you, or that you can’t commit the time, then how about volunteering as an Admissions Appeals Panel Member?

Sometimes, parents are unsuccessful in securing their preferred school place for their child and on the occasions that this happens, they have a right to appeal the decision. Independent panels are set up to hear the appeal and if it is a church school, then the panel needs to have a church representative on it. Full training is provided by the Diocese’s Admissions Consultant.

For further information, please contact the education department at

We look forward to hearing from you!

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