All maintained schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, and to ask questions.
St. Joseph’s Governing Body is rightly proud of the achievements of the school. However, it’s drive is clear: for the school to continually improve in more and more areas of its work, giving local children the best possible start in life.
The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Head teacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Head teacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.
Membership of the Governing Body includes parents, teaching staff and representatives from the Local Authority. As a Faith school, we also have ‘Foundation Governors’ who are appointed by the local Bishop. They represent the Bishop’s education policy to the governing body and work to preserve and develop the Catholic ethos of the school.
The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. In the main, these responsibilities relate to:
Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management.
Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a Governing Body meeting each term. These formal meetings can be supplemented by a series of committee-meetings dealing with more specific issues.
A number of governors also have responsibilities for specific areas within the school. The Terms of Reference outline the specific responsibilities of the full governing body and its committees.