THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE GOVERNING BODY
As the Governing Body of a Catholic school our overreaching responsibility lies in ensuring the promoting of a Catholic ethos at all times. In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, however, the 3 core strategic functions of the All Souls Governing Board are:
- 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.
It is very important that governors actively support and strongly challenge the headteacher and have a thorough understanding of the vision and strategic development of the school.
The governors work very closely with the headteacher, who is also a member of the Governing Body, and have a termly monitoring schedule which involves visits to the school and scrutiny of the self-evaluation carried out by senior leaders. Governors are assigned to individual responsibilities, areas of the school curriculum and individual members of staff so that they can both support and challenge the school as well as ensuring the well-being of staff.
Current School Governors:
Shirley Langford – Chair & Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese (Safeguarding, SEND, LAC, Equality)
Richard Groves – Vice Chair & Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese (Health & Safety)
Fr Paul Burch – Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese (RE & Catholic Life)
Helena Tams – Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese
Chris Tennant – Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese
Paula Towey – Parent Governor, elected by the parents
Claire Tennant – Parent Governor, elected by the parents
Andy Cooke – Headteacher Governor, ex officio (appointed through position)
Roisin McGrath – Staff Governor, elected by the staff
Caroline Quinn – Local Authority Governor, appointed by the Local Authority (Attendance, Link Governor)