All governors, regardless of their constituency, are elected or appointed with one common purpose – to govern the school in the best interest of pupils. Parent governors are no exception. They are not elected to represent their stakeholder group, but are elected in order to contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school, contributing to strategic discussion and holding senior leaders to account by monitoring school performance and ensuring money is well spent.
Parent governors are representative parents rather than representatives of parents.
The appropriate safeguarding of all children regardless of age, ability, race, culture, religion or class, is an essential element of the work of the governing body. It is a pre-requisite to the effective development and well being of the children who attend St. Anne's Catholic Primary School, and should be seen as an underlying principle in all that we do.
The School Governors, in consultation with the Head Teacher and staff, develop the policies and standards for the good governance of the School. Responsibility for the implementation of policies and maintenance of standards is delegated to the Head Teacher and on to the staff. Governors make a positive contribution by bringing their experience to help the school provide the best possible education for every one of its pupils. Governors contribute to the development of the school in setting the school’s vision and the strategic framework within which the school operates, determining the character, aims and ethos of the school and developing and monitoring school policies, plans and procedures.
Governors meet once each term as a Full Governing Body, and committees of typically 4 or 5 governors meet once or twice each term in addition. Committees, such as Resources Management (incorporating health and safety, performance management and pay) and Ethos, mission and Standards (Catholic life, school performance and school improvement) look after specific areas of school governance and accountability. Individual governors have specific areas of responsibility which will involve them in school visits and discussions with appropriate school staff and which they report on to the Governing Body as a whole.
Foundation governors are appointed by the Archbishop. Other governors are elected from time to time by the teaching and non-teaching staff, and by parents. The Governing Body can appoint one co-opted governor and the Local Authority also appoints one governor. Governors serve for four years, except co-opted governors who serve for one year.