On behalf of the Catholic community and the community of the school, the Governing Body is responsible for the overall conduct of the school, for promoting high standards of educational achievement and ensuring the Catholic mission of the school. The Governing Body sets the framework to ensure the delivery of the school’s strategic Vision.
The Governing Body is the school’s accountable body and as such it:
• sets the strategic direction of the school by setting the vision, values, aims and objectives for the school including its Catholic ethos. It works with the school's leadership team and staff in establishing a policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives. The governors appoint and performance-manage the headteacher and agrees the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures;
• challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the work of the school, monitoring the school’s progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school’s improvement strategy;
• appointing and performance-managing the headteacher who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum)
• ensures accountability by signing off the self-evaluation process and responding to Ofsted and RE inspection reports as necessary. In addition the governors hold the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents and the wider community are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate.
Ensuring that Catholicity runs through every aspect of school life is another one of our top priorities.
To be an effective governing body, governors will attend meetings and make regular visits to the school in order to get to know the school community. In addition each governor is assigned a particular area of responsibility for an area or subject, linking closely with different members of staff to monitor their areas of responsibility and providing Link Governor reports back to the full governing body.
Meetings of Full Governors 2020-21
These will be held at 6.00pm at St. Francis Catholic Primary School on the following dates:
Thursday 24 September
Tuesday 24 November
Thursday 04 February
Wednesday 17 March
Tuesday 04 May
Wednesday 30 June
As well as holding full Governing Body meetings which all Governors attend, the Governing Body also the following committees where smaller groups of Governors will concentrate on specific areas of school life:
Mission, Ethos and Safeguarding Committee
Minutes of Full Governing Body meetings are available and can be viewed in the school office on request.
As Governors, we are elected and appointed to reflect the various sections of the community which have an interest in our school.
The Diocese appoints the school’s Foundation Governors which, as a Catholic School, make up the majority of the Governing Body. Parents, teachers and support staff elect Governors to represent their interests and one Governor is appointed by the local authority.
Our Foundation Governors represent the interests of the Diocese and ensure the continuing Catholic ethos and vision of the school.
Parents of pupils registered at the school are eligible to stand for election as a Parent Governor. They are elected by other parents at the school.
The Headteacher is automatically eligible to be a full member of the Governing Body by virtue of their office. Both teaching and support staff who are paid to work at the school are eligible to stand as Staff Governors. They are elected by other members of the staff at the school.
Local Authority Governor
The Local Authority Governor is appointed by North Somerset Local Authority and is appointed from the local community.
Who can be a School Governor?
Anyone over 18 can be a School Governor – you do not have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every Governing Body includes Parent Governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school. The most important qualities for being a Governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You do not need teaching experience, but it is useful to bring skills from other areas of your life.
How do I become a School Governor?
If you are interested in becoming a Governor, talk to the current Chair of Governors. When there is a vacancy for a Parent Governor all parents will be informed, and you will have a chance to stand for election.
Any Governor can be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors via the school office should you wish to contact one of us.
Alternatively, you can email the Chair at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of Governors