The People Who Care: The Governing Board
The Governing Board is a group of volunteers drawn from all areas of the local community. It is a key part of the decision-making process of the school and is accountable for financial decisions and sustaining school improvement. The Governing Body and sub-committees meet once a term to discuss and decide on important aspects of school management. The key strategic functions of the Governing Body are to:
Ensure clarity of vision, values, ethos and strategic direction;
Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
(Governors’ Handbook Department of Education 2013)
The Governing Board members visit the school during its workings day to understand how the school operates as well and meeting on a regular basis. This helps to identify what St Mary’s does well and any areas for improvement. It also gives an opportunity to assess the impact of the decisions taken and agreed by the Governing Board.