BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2014/18
The Board of Governors have a responsibility for maintaining and developing the distinctive catholic ethos of the school, which is based on the teachings of Jesus of truth, tolerance and social justice. The school Vision, Mission and fundament aims fully reflect the nature of Catholic Education. The Governors ensure that this ethos permeates all aspects of School life. The Governors ensure that the ethos of the School is underpinned by a programme of Religious and Faith development and that the religious life of the school is given proper prominence.
2. School Development Planning
Governors set and approve the strategic role in guiding the school forward into what can be an uncertain future. Governors, on advice and guidance of the Principal, set the School priorities in line with statutory priorities as set by DE, ELB, CCMS, CCEA etc and from the school’s own internal self evaluation. They ensure they are carefully planned and appropriate for the school. This plan provides the Governors with a tool for reviewing and monitoring continued self-improvement.
3. The Curriculum and Educational Standards
Governors are responsible for ensuring that the Statutory Curriculum is delivered efficiently and effectively and to the highest possible standard. In the catholic school the curriculum is the sum total of the educational experiences, both formal and informal of the pupils in the school. The Curriculum is not just about the developing the academic needs of the child but also the physical, spiritual and emotional needs also. Education in the catholic school is about the development of the whole person to reach their full potential. School ethos and academic success are complementary responsibilities of the Governors in ensuring that the catholic school achieves the highest possible standards.
4. School Community
The Board of Governors, in conjunction with the Principal and staff of the School are responsible for creating and maintaining a happy, secure and safe environment for all who work in the School. Governors are responsible for overseeing the implementation and operation of a number of school policies and practices designed to meet the needs of all within the school. These fully reflect the ethos of our catholic school.
5. Employment of Staff
Governors are responsible for:
· Appointments and Promotion of staff
· Discipline and Grievance Management (Staff)
· Health and Safety
· Staff Welfare
6. Planning for School Provision
Trustees are the legal owners of the school and the site and as a consequence are the primary planners for school provision. As a key stakeholder in respect of school provision they must be consulted in respect of any potential changes.
7. Enrolment and Admissions
Governors, in conjunction with the Principal, are required to determine the enrolment and admissions criteria for the school, when considering parental applications.
8. School Budget
Governors, on the advice of the Principal, determine how the school spends its budget.
9. Annual Report
Governors are required to produce an Annual Report to parents of the school activities for the proceeding year. This is a sign of the School’s accountability to parents and the local community.