St. Catherine's Governing Body are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.
Our governors have three main roles:
- To provide strategic direction for the school
- To act as a critical friend to the headteacher
- To ensure accountability
They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
- Determining how the school's budget is spent
- The appointing and dismissing of staff
- Hearing appeals and grievances
- Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
- Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
- Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
- Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies
- Managing the school's admissions
Who can be a school governor?
You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. No specific qualifications are required but there are certainexpectations. What's really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.
Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. Our Governors are a range of parents, staff at the school, represetatives of St. Catherine's church and residents in the locality. Some governors are elected by parents and staff, some are appointed by St. Catherine's church and some are recommended to us. This ensures that our Governing Body reflect the community they serve. Our Governors workas part of a team, and give total commitment to our school.
Term of office and meetings
The term of office for a school governor is normally four years. Our Full Governing Body meets once a term (for approximately 2 hours). Governors are also members of committees which usually meet once a term. Most of our Governors find they usually attend meetings or visit a school three or four times each term. They are invited to special occasions such as assemblies, sports days, plays and presentations.
All governors can be contacted. Please email the main school office who will forward your message.