St Edmund’s RC Primary School has a strong group of committed and caring governors, who have been appointed or elected by a variety of people including St Edmund’s parents and our Diocese of Portsmouth. The full Governing Body meets five times a year. Governors also serve on committees (such as the Resources and Teaching & Learning Committees) and small working parties which meet as required and who will advise the full Governing Body of recommended actions on specific issues. In addition, each Teaching & Learning governor is linked to a subject or specific area of responsibility. It is important that the Governing Body has a wide range of people with a variety of talents and expertise; Governors do not have to be people within the education system.
Some of the main responsibilities of the Governing Body are:
- deciding (with the Headteacher) the aims and policies of the school, and how educational standards can be improved
- helping to draw up (with the Headteacher and Staff) the School Development Plan
- deciding how to spend the school’s budget
- making sure the National Curriculum is taught
- selecting the Head and Deputy Headteachers
- acting (with the Headteacher) on a range of staffing matters
- drawing up an Action Plan after an inspection and monitoring how the Action Plan is put into practice.
If you would like to become a school governor, please speak to any of the school Governors or the Headteacher, who will be able to answer your questions and find the relevant application form if applicable.
The protocol for contacting governors is via the Clerk to the Governors through the School Office. The Clerk will pass on any correspondence to the Headteacher and Chair of Governors who will then decide on a future course of action depending on the nature of the issue.