Leadership and governance

The Diocese of Canterbury has 103 Schools and Academies that it supports. Each of these has a Governing Body made up of dedicated and committed volunteers 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

According to legal documentation, our schools are responsible for preserving and developing their religious character in partnership with its Church. As a result, governors in our schools and academies have an additional role in developing and upholding the distinctive ethos upon which their school was founded.

Governors come from a variety of backgrounds and are appointed for their skills and expertise both professionally and socially.

If you would like find a vacancy on a Governing Body near you, please check the map via the link top right of this page.

We offer training to governor’s focusing on core functions but within the context of a church school or academy enviroment. This is open to any governor serving our schools or academies regardless of their position. For more information please see our training manual.

Recruitment Materials for schools

School Leaders Recruitment support

One of the most important decisions that Governors make is who is going to be their Headteacher. For church schools this is an even greater challenge as securing a candidate with the skills and capacity to develop a distinctive learning environment requires a particular style and approach to leadership.

The Diocese is fully equipped to support and advise governros through the recruitment process and the options available to your School or Academy. We know what’s needed to ensure the best possible candidates for your process and so it’s imperative that you advise us of any impending changes at the earliest possible opportunity.


The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership


For more information and guidance contact Niki Paterson