We believe effective school governance ensures effective Catholic schools, capable of developing young people academically and spiritually.


There are more than 2,200 Catholic schools in England and Wales, each with its own local governing body. These bodies play a vital role in maintaining and developing the Catholic character and operational effectiveness of their respective schools.

We are committed to developing training and networking opportunities to nurture governors in Catholic schools and support them in nurturing Catholic education.

Governor eLearning Programme (GeLP)

In order to support the expertise and ongoing development of these boards, we have designed a suite of online modules for governors in Catholic schools. These modules introduce governors to the fundamentals of the Church, the distinctiveness of Catholic schools, and the responsibilities and expectations of governors therein. These eLearning modules are free to access and can be completed by anyone interested in doing so.

Church School Governance Online Training Programme (CSGTP)

The Hope Church School Governance Online Training Programme (CSGTP) is aimed at Governors and Trustees (Directors) in both church schools and schools with a distinctively Christian ethos, providing support for Governors and Trustees (Directors) committed to improving provision and outcomes for children and young people. The programme has been developed by experts and professionals with a background in church school leadership, governance and inspection and is delivered via 6 online topics. This programme runs from January – June 2021 and more information is available below.

Interested in becoming a governor in a Catholic school?

Catholic schools and academies across England and Wales are regularly seeking committed individuals to serve as governors. If you are over 18 year of age and a practising Catholic, your skills, experience and faithfulness could be vital for supporting the work of a Catholic school in England or Wales. More information is available from the Catholic Education Service and your local dioceses.

More information on school governance

You can also express your interest in a role as a school governor, and find and complete high-quality training programmes related to school governance, on the Governors for Schools website.