5 Leadership & Governance

Great governance has never been more important for schools. The Diocese of Truro appoints more governors and trustees to more schools and academies than anyone else in Cornwall.

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In the Diocese of Truro we have 43 schools spread across 13 trusts and our team supports them all, and wider where there is a need. Each of the trust boards and governing bodies is made up of dedicated and committed volunteers, who support and challenge their school or trust to provide the best possible education for the children of their community.

All Governors have three key roles:

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

In line with legal frameworks, 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.

We offer a range of training to help prepare and develop those at all levels of governance (member, trustee, governor). You can find information about our networking and training programme in the Training & Resources tab.


Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care in an integral part of our diocese life.