Who are they?
What do they do?
The purpose of this page is to introduce you to the Governors of Corpus Christi, and tell you about their role and responsibilities.
“In a Catholic school or college, the governors are the ‘Keepers of the Catholic Vision’, supporting and collaborating with teachers and chaplains in cultivating an authentic Catholic ethos……….Being a governor is not an inspectorial, or simply administrative role, but involves an attentive, committed monitoring of the life of the school” (Fit for Mission?Schools. Bishop of Lancaster)
Role of Governors
The Governing Body has a strategic role in the leadership and management of the school. This means that it sets out:
- the vision and mission of the school, ensuring that the Catholic ethos is upheld
- the school’s aims and objectives
- policies and procedures by which the aims and objectives will be achieved
- criteria by which success in achieving the aims and objectives will be measured
Governors’ management responsibilities include ensuring effective recruitment and staffing, and proper delivery of the curriculum; upkeep of the premises and ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff; setting and monitoring of the budget.
Composition of Governing Body
The governing Body is made up of:
- The Head Teacher
- 7 Foundation Governors appointed by the Archbishop of Southwark
- 2 Staff Governors elected by the teaching and non-teaching staff
- 1 Parent Governor elected by the parents
- 1 Local Authority Governor appointed by the Local Authority
- Associate Members appointed by the Governing Body
Governors serve for a term of 4 years. At the end of their term of office they may be re-elected or re- appointed, provided they still meet the relevant criteria (e.g. Parent Governor still has a child at the school).
There are 2 governors committees which meet on a regular basis:
The Curriculum Committee: ensures that the curriculum is properly taught and the requirements of children with special educational needs are met.
The Resources Committee: sets draft budgets for approval by the Governing Body; monitors the revenue budget and capital expenditure; ensures the premises are properly maintained; oversees building development projects; It is also responsible for recruitment and staffing and sets out and monitors health and safety procedures.
Other committees ( e.g. Admissions Committee, Pay Committee) meet as and when required.
In addition to committee membership, each governor has responsibility for an area of the curriculum or of school life. Governors visit the school regularly to keep themselves informed of developments in their area of responsibility, and report back to the Governing Body.
Responsibility for discharging the functions of governors rests with the governing body as a whole, and governors cannot act as individuals. If you have any concerns relating to school matters you should therefore raise them with the Head Teacher or school staff.
However if you would like to talk to any of the governors about their role, the school office staff will be happy to put you in touch.