Message from the Chair of Governors
I am delighted to be elected as Chair of Governors at St. Monica's Catholic Primary School. When I first visited the school last summer, I was very impressed by the warm and welcoming culture of school, the bright and eager students and the strong and dedicated staff. I am pleased to be apart of the St. Monica's school community. I believe in a strong Catholic education, one that guides students not only during school hours, but throughout life.
I am a transport planner by training and work at a local London Council delivering transport projects that better connect our communities. At St. Monica's, I work with other Governors to act as a critical friend - helping to guide the school to ensure St. Monica's remains an outstanding school and one we can continue to be so very proud of.
As Chair of the Governing Body, I take an active role within the school, not only attending meetings, but also school functions, visits to classrooms and other school events. The students and staff are always so welcoming.
I am always available to speak to parents, staff and students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Maria Curro
Chair of Governors
The role of the Governing Body is strategic and, as set out in the Governors Handbook 2017, is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.
Governance is not about fundraising, neither is it about cheer-leading for the school, although governors might do those things. Governors monitor and evaluate the progress of the school towards achievement of its aims and objectives, and act as a critical friend and source of challenge and support to the Headteacher.
The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.
The GB has three core functions:
The Governors Handbook provides clear and detailed responsibilities and expectations of the Department for Education (DfE) for all Governors.
Our Governing Body’s Instrument of Governance confirms our GB composition as:
14 governors in total, comprising 8 Foundation Governors, 3 parent governors, 1 LA Governor, the Headteacher and 1 Staff Governor.
The term of office for all Foundation Governors is 3 years, while all other categories of Governors have a 4-year term. The Headteacher remains a member of the GB throughout the term of headship.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body. Parent governors are representative parents, not the representatives of parents.
The Full Governing Body meets at least 3 times each year (once every term) and delegates some of its responsibilities to its Committees. In order to fulfil their responsibilities, every Governor belongs to at least one of the committees which oversee different aspects of school life.
Our GB has three standing committees with other sub-committees or working groups convened as required:
How to become a School Governor
Being a School Governor could be very rewarding and satisfying. It offers a unique opportunity to help shape the future of schools through strategic direction. As a Catholic school, our Governing Body is formed of Foundation Governors who are practicing Catholics. The Diocese of Westminster website offers detailed information https://education.rcdow.org.uk/governance-admissions/foundation-governors/.
The Government publication https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/constitution-of-governing-bodies-of-maintained-schools also provided clear information on the statutory requirements of school governing bodies.