A letter from the chair of Governors

Welcome to the Governors page of the Saint Mary’s website. The governing body is currently made up of 12 governors. School governors are a group of people who work as a team to be a critical friend to the staff and children at school. It is their responsibility to ensure that the school ‘does its best’ for all the children and young people in it. Governance is about overseeing the success of the school. It is about agreeing priorities and monitoring progress towards them and about providing constructive support and challenge to leaders and managers to enable them to do their job to the best of their ability.

Governors are people who

  • get to know the school, including by visiting the school during school hours, and gain a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses;
  • attend induction training and regular relevant training and development events;
  • attend meetings (full governing body meetings and committee meetings) and read all the papers relating to the school;
  • act in the best interest of all the pupils of the school; and
  • behave in a professional manner, as set down in the governing body’s code of conduct, including acting in strict confidence.

As we are a Catholic school we have a majority of Foundation Governors. These are governors who are practicing Catholics and have been appointed by the Bishop of Nottingham to represent him at governors meetings and have the added responsibility of ensuring the school maintains its Catholic nature. The Head Teacher is always one of the Governors and there is always a second member of staff on the governing body to represent all the staff of the school. In addition to the Foundation Governors there are also two parent governors who represent all families within the school. At the present time we also have an Associate Governor who specifically represents the Polish Community.

The key roles of a school governing body are:-

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
  • To be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend).

If you would like to know more about the governing body and what we do to be a critical friend, I am happy for you to contact me at the school.

Jan Ducey – Chair of Governors