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What do Governors do?

The governors act as a "critical friend" to the school, monitoring and overseeing the smooth running of the school and supporting and listening to staff and parents.  The governing board is responsible for the overall management of the school and for determining its aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all the relevant legislation.  The Head manages the school from day to day and is the governing board's professional adviser who assists it with the formulation and implementation of its aims, objectives, policies and plans.

The Governors are responsible for fulfilling the three core functions:
  • 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

School governors also help schools provide the best possible education for their pupils:
  • thinking and working strategically to help raise standards;
  • monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school's priorities and targets;
  • supporting the head and staff as well as challenging their expectations;
  • accounting to all stakeholders for the school's overall performance and for the decisions they have made. 

Foundation Governors

As a Catholic School, we have Foundation Governors on the Board.  Foundation Governors are personally appointed by the Bishop to represent his interests and those of the Catholic community as a whole.  As well as sharing the responsibility of the three core functions, Foundation Governors are appointed specifically to ensure:

  • that the religious character of the school is preserved
  • that the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed
  • that the religious education curriculum is in accordance with the Bishop's policy for the Diocese.  

If you would like to find out further information on the role of a Foundation Governor please visit the Clifton Diocese website:

http://www.cliftondiocese.com/urgently-required-foundation-governors-support-catholic-schools/