The governors are committed to a college which will provide a world class, Catholic education for all of its students and a supportive environment for all of its staff, who have the best interest of the students at heart.
They strive to ensure that the College is a place where every student feels safe and valued, has high aspirations and is able to achieve outstanding results through inspirational teaching.
They believe that the College should be a place of witness which mirrors the unconditional Love of God.
The Governing Board of the College works closely with the Head Teacher and Staff of the College
The core functioning of the governing body, as given by the Department of Education are:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the College and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
- To oversee the Financial Management of the College and making sure its money is well spent.
Further information about the roles of governors can be found at: gov.uk
Governors in Catholic Schools have additional responsibilities and information on Governance in a Catholic School can be found at: schools.cliftondiocese.com
The Governors come from a wide range of backgrounds and we try to appoint governors who have time and enthusiasm and they sometimes have certain skills and knowledge that can also be helpful when we work together to support the College.
The Governing Board consists of four types of Governors.
- Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop. Their appointment is usually recommended by their Parish Priest.
- Parent Governors are elected by parents.
- Staff Governors are elected by staff.
- Community Governors who are appointed to provide a link between the College and the local community.
The Governing Board generally meets between 5 and 7 times per year.
There are Committees which meet regularly throughout the Year to manage different areas of the College :
- Strategy and Staffing. This is made up of the Chair, Vice Chair, and assistant Chairs of Governors, the Chairs of the Committees and the Headteacher.
- Finance and Premises
- Pastoral and Spirituality
In addition there are various panels which manage other very specific areas of the College.
Each Governor is linked to a part of the College. This is usually a Department which they visit regularly to support, to experience the students learning, and as part of our monitoring and evaluation.
The governors of the College are dedicated and hard-working and give their own time to try to ensure that the College is continually improving.