The Diocese of Canterbury has 103 Schools and Academies that it supports. Each of these has a Governing Body made up of volunteers from all walks of life that support and challenge their school or academy to provide the best possible education for the children of their community. All Governors have three key roles:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Schools form an integral part of the Diocese overarching objectives, however, and they play a vital part in the service that we offer to the communities we serve. As a result, governors within our schools and academies have an additional role in developing and upholding the distinctive ethos upon which their school was founded.

Governors in our schools come from a variety of backgrounds but they all want the best for the children in their school. They are appointed for their skills and expertise both professionally and socially. If you would like to support your local school or to find a vacancy on a governing body near you, please click here.

We offer training to governor’s focusing on the governor’s core functions but also considering what is different in our schools compared to any other. This is open to any governor serving our schools or academies regardless of their position. For more information please see our training manual.

We are working in close partnership with Kent Local Authority. If you would like to know more about their courses and programmes please visit CPD Online.