I am delighted to serve as the Chair of Governors, to continue and build on all the excellent work done by the previous Chairs of Governors.
Working with the Headteacher and the rest of the team, I hope that we will continue to steer St Monica's in a strategically positive way to ensure that it remains at the forefront of excellent education provision for all its pupils.
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.