How our Governing Body is Structured
The Structure of the Governing Board
Our governing board comprises a mix of parents, staff and other members of our local community who want to make a positive contribution to children's education, and we're proud of the impact that they've had on our school in recent years. As a Roman Catholic school our work is overseen by the Diocese of Clifton. This means that the majority of governors are ‘foundation governors’ who are Catholics and attend Mass. Parent governors, staff governors and others do not need to be Catholics.
As well as attending monthly meetings, each governor is asked to take on specific duties, very often related to individual areas of expertise. They also normally attend events at school, including pupil progress meetings, information evenings, performances, assemblies and carry out link governor visits.
Our current governors and their designated roles
Philip Rush - Foundation Governor.
Also: Chair of Governors, and Chair of the Standards & Ethos and Strategic Planning Committees.
Rosy Savory - Headteacher.
Philip Dickinson - Foundation Governor.
Also: Chair of the Resources Committee.
Heidi Otter - Parent Governor.
Also: Special Educational Needs (SEND) & Safeguarding Governor.
Anita Teesdale - Foundation Governor.
Also: Vice-Chair of Governors.
James Courtney-Holt - Foundation Governor.
Mary McGinty - Foundation Governor.
Andrew Neale - Parent Governor.
Michael Cook - Associate Member.
Maeve Maxwell - Associate Member.
Dermot Mullen - Associate Member.
The Governor's Annual Cycle
We lay out the basic pattern of the work of the school’s governing board using a document called the Governors' Annual Cycle. You can view this document - see attachment below. Additions to this work will be made as matters arise during the year; the function of the plan is to ensure that key areas of governance are addressed during the year.
Our three committees
Our committees make detailed recommendations for ratification, or otherwise, at the full governing board. All school policies are also ratified by the full governing board.
The Strategy Committee meets three times a year, or more if required, and is chaired by the Chair of the governing board, currently Philip Rush. This committee looks at the medium- to long-term objectives in the school and supports the school’s leadership team in establishing development plans and strategic vision.
The Standards and Ethos Committee oversees the quality of education provided at the school. It hears reports from subject leaders, examines data provision and monitors safeguarding procedures, curricular content and the quality of teaching and learning. It is currently chaired by Philip Rush.
The Resources Committee oversees the management of the school budget and ensures that the school’s funding is used to the benefit of all pupils in the school. It works with a professional team of external auditors to ensure that the school’s annual accounts are in order. This committee is chaired by Philip Dickinson.
In addition, a group of governors meets to manage the appraisal of the headteacher.