The governors of a Catholic school work as a team, in close cooperation with the headteacher and all the staff. All governors and staff contribute to the Catholic nature of education in the school as set out in its mission statement. However, successive Governments have recognised the responsibilities of the trustees and the rights of the Catholic community as a whole to ensure that the long-term future of Catholic education is secure. The trustees of Catholic schools have the legal right to appoint an overall majority of the governors, who are known as foundation governors. In addition to all the other legal responsibilities of the governing body, foundation governors are appointed specifically to ensure:
- that the religious character of the school is preserved;
- that the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed:
- that the religious education curriculum is in accordance with the bishop’s policy for his diocese, based on the Bishops’ Conference Curriculum Directory.