Governors are responsible for overseeing the management side of a school: strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing. They enable their school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside senior leaders and supporting teachers to provide excellent education to children.
All schools have a governing body comprising of different types of governors, for example parent-governors, teacher governors local authority governors etc. In addition to these categories, governing bodies in Catholic schools also include Foundation Governors, these Foundation Governors will always form a majority. Foundation Governors are appointed by the local Bishop specifically to preserve and develop the Catholic ethos of the school and represent the Bishop’s education policy (e.g. worship and religious education) to the governing body. Foundation Governors come from all walks of life and all ages and it is important that each governing body has a good mix of skills, knowledge and experience.
The main role of a governing body is to operate at a strategic level, ensuring that the Catholic vision and character of the school is upheld, holding the Head teacher and leadership team to account and overseeing the financial performance of the school. Governors also set the budget, manage the school’s admissions criteria and are involved in the recruitment of senior leadership.
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The governors also have four sub committees which meet once a term. Committee meeting are minuted by a clerk. Minutes of these meetings are circulated to all governors and items from the committees are taken to the full governing body for further discussion or clarification. Each governor is usually a member of one sub committees, although any governor can attend any sub committee. Each committee has its own terms of reference which are reviewed annually and can be read below.
This committee looks at the school budget including setting budgets, forecasts, best value, extended services, other school accounts, audit etc. Davina Attara is chair of this committee.
The Admissions Committee meets once a year to consider application for our new Reception class intake. When the Admissions Committee receives details of applications made to the school, it is their responsibility to rank the applications using the admissions criteria and forward this to the Local Authority. The Admissions Policy is published on our school’s website and can be found here. The policy sets out the categories of children in descending order of priority to show who is eligible for a place at the school.
TEACHING AND LEARNING COMMITTEE
This committee looks at subject audits, homework, the curriculum, assessment, data, interventions etc. Althea Marshall is the chair of this committee.
The Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee meets twice a year to set and review are required to carry out their headteacher’s annual appraisal, and must follow the appraisal regulations. As a maintained school, the panel must appoint an external adviser to support and guide the panel through the appraisal process.