We have an extremely dedicated and committed governing body who work tirelessly for the benefit of all within the school community. Each governor has their own individual role and responsibility which they fulfill in many different ways. Each class has a governor buddy who regularly visits school to support the children in their learning.
The role of the Governors
Governors are the school’s critical friends. We work closely with the Headteacher and the staff, providing support and challenge to ensure the best possible education for every child in our school. We have three key roles:
1. Setting a clear vision and ethos for the school, and providing strategic direction;
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, the attainment of our pupils, and the performance management of our staff; and,
3. Overseeing the school’s financial arrangements, and making sure its money is well spent.
We are also responsible for the wide range of policies that every school must have in place. Our own behaviour is governed by a Code of Conduct which you can see here (insert link).
We meet as a Full Governing Body four times per year. You are welcome to view minutes of our recent meetings which are available in the school office.
We work through a system of committees, which meet regularly and report back to Full Governing Body meetings. These committees are:
Standards Committee which reviews the school curriculum, the quality of teaching and assessment, tracks and sets targets for attainment across the school, and ensures that the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum. This committee also ensures that the Catholic distinctiveness of the school is maintained and enhanced. In addition, this committee focuses on the well-being, behaviour and safety of our children, and communication with our parents and the wider community.
Strategy Committee which ensures that the school’s finances and resources are managed effectively in line with the school’s priorities, and reviews the school’s budget and financial procedures and controls. In addition, this committee reviews the school’s work, and use of external funding (including Pupil Premium funding), to meet the needs of disadvantaged pupils, the most able, lower-attaining pupils, and those with a Special Educational Need. Finally, this committee deals with staff appointment, pay and professional development, and addresses any personnel issues.
Each governor is also linked to a class in the school and visit these classes regularly to gather a broader perspective of how children learn in our school and help children develop a deeper knowledge of the role of school governors.
Visiting the school and keeping informed
Our governors also hold special link roles, working closely with the school on particular areas, such as safeguarding or equality issues. Each governor will carry our a monitoring visit, usually termly and meet with the school leader responsible for standards and improvement in that specific area.
Governor Learning Visits
Each term, the governors hold a monitoring day which allows them to collectively focus on one specific aspect of the school, such as behaviour or children’s independent learning skills, and gather information about the effectiveness of the school in this area. Their conclusions are used to review school improvements and challenge school leaders regarding the next steps that need to be taken for further improvement.
We also stay up to date by accessing information, advice and training on issues that we feel we need to know more about. Some of our members also attend meetings for local governors held by the Diocese of East Anglia or the Local Authority (Norfolk County Council), which help us to keep informed and allow us to learn what governors in other schools are doing.
The Local Governing Body for St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary school is made up of volunteers who bring a broad range of skill sets to help oversee the leadership and management of the school. The composition of the LGB is made up of:
- Foundation governors – who are appointed by either the Diocese or the local church.
- Parent governors – who are elected by the parents to be representative of the parent body.
- Staff governors – who include the head, teaching and non-teaching staff.
- Local education authority (LEA) governors – who are appointed by the local authority that maintains the school.
- Associate members – who are not governors, but can be appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committees, and attend full governing body meetings.