"The members of the governing body have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the school on a day-to-day basis and play a full part in school life." Ofsted Report, July 2011
The Governors' role
"Governing boards are the strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school and academy. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child by creating robust accountability for school leaders. Crucially, that means using and being familiar with objective data on the performance of pupils, teachers and finances to ask the right questions and ensure resources are allocated to school priorities. It also means ensuring that schools prepare pupils for life and the workplace by building their character and resilience and by implementing their Prevent duty to protect them from the risks of extremism and radicalisation." Department for Education Handbook November 2015
Governors have three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Governors take a very active part in all aspects of school life including working with the headteacher to ensure that:
- The catholic ethos of the school is upheld
- The school is a safe place
- We aspire to the highest education standards
- The budget is regularly monitored
- The building is regularly maintained
- Staffing levels are adequate
- Policies are up to date and implemented
The Governors resposibilities can be carried out either collectively through the actions of the governing body as a whole, or else as delegated to committees or working parties. We have two committees:
|Resources Committee||Learning & Community Committee|
Health & Safety
|Admissions (& attendance)
Curriculum (& discipline)
Special Educational Needs
Contact the Governors
If you ever have a question for Governors, please use the Question Box at the side of the front door at the main entrance or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can contact us via the school on: 01727 854643.
The following table details the Governors. Foundation Governors are appointed by the RC Diocese of Westminster.
|Marie Lyons|| David Miveld
Chair of Governors
| Bernadette Dempsey
Infant & Nursery Head Teacher
|Mark Betteley|| Francesca Hammond
|Catherine Reeves||Father TJ Plower||Marianne McMahon|
|Massimo Federici||Louise Forbes|
Communications from Governors
Ours is a Voluntary Aided school. This means that we have to fund 10% of the cost of any repairs or building improvements carried out at the school. Parents are invited to contribute. Such contributions are not compulsory. If you are able to contribute, you may do so via the following methods:
- online banking (bank details available from the school office)
- cash or cheque payable to SS Alban & Stephens Schools Governors handed into to the school office
Please ensure that any contribution is marked with your child’s name and for the attention of the governors to ensure we match the donation with the gift aid declaration (if applicable).
Gift Aid - If you are a UK taxpayer please also complete the gift aid form (found below), we can claim back 25p for every £1 you contribute, at no extra cost to you. For example for an annual contribution of £60 we could reclaim £15 making a total contribution of £75 by just signing a form. Please make sure that the person paying the contribution is the one who signs the form.
Whatever donation you can make, large or small please be assured that it will be spent wisely and for the benefit of all the children.
Interested in becoming a Governor?
Being a Governor is an immensely rewarding role. As a Governor you have real opportunities to further raise educational opportunities within the school. It is a chance to share in and celebrate the successes of children, staff, teachers and the school as a whole. It's also a great way to acquire new skills and really contribute to the school community.
Induction training is provided and a wide range of courses are available to equip you with the skills needed. We also have a "buddy system" whereby newcomers pair up with more experienced Governors who guide and support you.
If you are interested in finding out more, contact the Clerk of Governors, Mrs O'Regan, in the school office.