I am humbled and delighted by the faith that St Monica’s School has put in my ability to provide leadership to its Governing Body as Chair.
I joined the school’s wonderful community nearly 2 years ago, serving for one year as Vice-Chair, after which I joined Maria Curro as Co-Chair in November 2020. Maria has recently taken the difficult decision to step down from the Governing Body now that she is starting her own family and I would like to wish her once again all the happiness she deserves and extend my profound gratitude for the passion and energy with which she carried out her responsibilities for the school to the highest standards.
She is not an easy act to follow and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her!
I continue to be so impressed by the dedication, professionalism and warm care provided by St Monica’s staff and I look forward to get to know more of you now that in-person interaction is gradually becoming possible again. I have missed visiting the school and seeing our lovely pupils, who have shown such remarkable resilience in the face of this past year’s challenges, supported by their teachers as well as our Catholic Faith.
It is with great pride that I remain committed to helping St Monica’s School go from strength to strength. Please be reminded that I am always available to speak to parents, staff and students.
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms Helene Ilmaier
Chair of Governors
The role of the Governing Body is strategic and, as set out in the Governors Handbook 2019, 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 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.
If you are interested in becoming a governors, please contact the Chair of Governors by email to