The chief role of the governing body is to support the head teacher and the whole school staff in determining the strategic direction of the school. As a group of volunteers committed to the success of the school, the governors share the hopes and aspirations of the head teacher and the staff. St Mary’s has eleven governors, representing parents, staff, the local authority, the local community and the Church of England.
It is also the responsibility of the governors to approve the school budget and ensure financial health, probity and value for money.
The most important responsibility is in regard to the educational performance of the school. By holding leaders to account they ensure that every child receives the best possible education, taking into consideration their widely differing abilities.
Governors have no individual authority to act on behalf of the governing body, except in exceptional cases where a quick response is needed, when the chair of governors may act on behalf of the whole governing body. The governors have collective responsibility for supporting and listening to the staff, and the appointment of the headteacher and assistant headteachers.
Chair of Governors Mrs J Kapur
Vice Chair Revd R Lumley
Our Governing Body consists of 11 members consisting of :-
3 Parent Governors
1 Staff Governor
3 Foundation Governors
2 Co-opted Governors
Plus 1 Associate Governor
As well as the full Governing Body there are 4 other committees these are :-
Progress and Achievements Committee
Finance, Safety, Resources and Pay Committee
This committee meets at least once per term and submits minutes to the full governing body
Responsible for overseeing financial performance
Responsible for overseeing staffing matters
To provide support, guidance and challenge for the Headteacher in all matters relating to the school
premises and grounds, security and health and safety
Performance Review Committee
Responsible for the Headteacher's performance management.
Appeals and Complaints Committees are drawn up when required