Message from the Co-Chairs of Governors
I am delighted to be elected as Chair of Governors for a second year at St. Monica’s Catholic Primary School. I remain impressed by the warmth and welcoming culture of school, the bright and eager students and the strong and dedicated staff. This past year has shown how our togetherness and deep Catholic faith means we can overcome anything as a school community. I am pleased to be a part of this strong and loving school community.
I am pleased to be joined this year by Helene Ilmaier, as Co-Chair of the Governing Body. Together, we look forward to working with the entire school community. We are always available to speak to parents, staff and students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
Ms Maria Curro
Chair of Governors
It is with great pleasure that after one year of serving St Monica’s School Governing Body as Vice-Chair, I have in November of 2020 taken on the role of Co-Chair of the Governing Body, working even more closely with Maria. I have very much enjoyed getting to know St. Monica’s school community over the past year, as well as work with the impressive, dedicated staff running the school.
I am proud to be part of this school and it is wonderful watching the students grow, learn and embrace the Catholic spirit. This past year has shown just how incredible our school community truly is. I am committed to doing my best to work with St. Monica’s school as we continue to go from strength to strength.
Maria and I are always available to speak with students, staff and parents. Please do get in touch if there is anything you would like to discuss. We look forward to hearing from you and engaging over the next year.
Ms Helene Ilmaier
Co-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