What we do
The Governing Body at St. John’s currently consists of parent governors (who have children at the School), staff governors and foundation governors. Foundation governors have to meet criteria laid down by the Diocese, above all being good practicing Catholics.
The Governing Body has three basic functions:
- to provide strategic direction for the school
- to act as a critical friend to the headteacher, who is responsible for the leadership and management of the school
- to ensure accountability
Governors attend a full Governing Body meeting twice a term, and also attend one of the two sub-committees; the Teaching and Learning committee and the Resources committee, which meet once a term. Governors will also be linked with a particular curriculum subject or statutory area.
The Governing Body has a very important role to play in the life of the school. It:
- is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
- plans the school’s future direction
- is involved in selection and recruitment of senior staff, including the headteacher
- makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing
- makes sure the national curriculum is taught
- decides how the school can encourage pupil’s spiritual, moral and social development
- makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs