The School Governors are the strategic leaders of our school and play a vital role in making sure every child gets the best possible Catholic education. That means they don’t get involved in the day-to-day running of the school, that is the job of the Headteacher and the staff, but they do get involved in ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. They hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students and oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
This is a demanding role for our volunteer governors who are a group of representatives of parents, staff, the local community, the local authority and the Catholic Church.
Their role includes:
- Understanding their strategic role – building a productive and supportive relationship with the Headteacher while holding her to account for school performance and taking hard strategic decisions in the light of objective data;
- Ensuring they have the necessary skills and commitment, including challenging the school to bring about improvement and hold leaders to account for performance;
- Appointing an effective Chairman to lead and manage the governing body
- Evaluating their performance regularly in the light of Ofsted expectations and other good practice; and
- Making changes as necessary to improve their effectiveness.
Governing bodies are the key strategic decision-making body in every school. It is their job to set the school’s strategic framework. This includes ensuring the school has a long-term strategic vision. The governing body agree the strategic priorities, aims and objectives for the school and sign off the policies, plans and targets for how to achieve them. They check on progress and review regularly their strategic framework for the school in the light of that progress.
Foundation governors, appointed by the Catholic Diocese, have a specific role in preserving and developing the character of the school, including its religious character. They ensure the school is conducted in accordance with the foundations’ governing documents, including the trust deed relating to the school.