The College is an Academy. It is what is known as a “stand alone” Academy, which means that it is not part of a MAT, or Multi-Academy Trust. It is a company limited by guarantee and it is also a charity. The directors of the company and the trustees of the charity are the Governors of the College.
There are 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.
- Co-opted Governors are appointed by the board because of their particular skills and experience.
The Governing Board generally meets between 5 and 7 times per year.
The core functions of the Governing Board are:
- to ensure that the College has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- to hold the executive leaders of the College to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
- to oversee the financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent
Governors in Catholic Schools have additional responsibilities and information on Governance in a Catholic School can be found at: www.schools.cliftondiocese.com .
Much of the business of the Governing Board is conducted in committees which meet regularly throughout the year. The committees cover the following areas:
- Catholic Life
- Finance & Audit
The Governors of the College are volunteers and do not receive payment for their work.