The Role of Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality of education.  Together  with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

Governors have three main strategic functions:

  •  Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  •  Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils               
  •  Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

There are 16 Governors on the Full Governing Body of St Mary’s School and they fall into various categories  -  Foundation governors,  Trustee governors (who are also Foundation governors),  Parent governors,  Staff governors, Authority governor and a co-opted governor. You will see the photos, names and categories of all our governors by selecting Who's who? from the drop down menu. You will also see their terms of office, which committees they belong to and which other roles they fulfil on the Governing Body.

How is the Governing Body organised?

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets at least 6 times during the year. Standing items at each meeting are the  the headteacher's report and reports from each of the committees.

There are three main committees of the Governing Body        

  1) Teaching Learning and Leadership,

  2) Resources

  3) Personnel/staffing

The Teaching Learning and Leadership committee is concerned primarily with the curriculum, standards and achievement, the Resources committee is responsible for finance and premises, and the Personnel committee deals with all issues around appointments, job descriptions, staffing structure.

All committees meet 6 times a year and report to the full Governing Body.

Various smaller working groups are set up as the need arises to deal with other issues; for example, this year (2015 - 2016) we have a Communications working group, which is looking at communications across the school and with stakeholders to see if there are any ways in which this could be improved. 


Minutes of the Full Governing Body meetings can be accessed from the Drop Down Box 'Minutes'

The Governors' termly newsletters can be accessed from the Drop Down Box 'Newsletters'

If you select  'Documents' from the Drop Down menu, you will find the Governors Code of Conduct and attendance statistics


Declaration of Interests: All governors are required to declare any business or pecuniary interests which may impact on their role as governors. They are also required to declare any interests arising from relationships between governors and school staff. Currently no governors have declared any such interests.