Foundation Governors

St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy are seeking to identify new Foundation Governors. Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop and play a crucial role in ensuring the Catholic vision and character of the school is upheld. As a committee of the St Thomas Aquinas Multi Academy Trust, the Local Governing Body works in partnership with, and acts as a ‘critical friend’ to, the school’s leadership team. Who can be a Foundation Governor?

The basic requirements are to be over 18 and a practising Catholic. The Local Governing Body should ideally reflect the community it serves; we welcome Foundation Governors of all ages and backgrounds; the more perspectives we have, the more effective we can be. You do not have to be a parent, and do not need to have any connection past or present with the school. We would like to identify people who are available now, and also those who would like to express an interest for when opportunities become available in the future.

What’s the commitment? 6 meetings per year at school in the early evening, plus preparation / reading of papers before the meetings; Governor training – typically 2-3 sessions per year – weekdays, times vary; School visits during the school day – typically 2-3 per year; Email correspondence with other governors / leadership team throughout the term. More details and information about how to nominate yourself is available at

Fr Michael, Mrs Crosse (Headteacher) and Clare Macdonald (Chair of Governors) are all very happy to speak with anyone who would like more information or to express an interest.

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