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Governance in a Catholic School

Governing bodies help schools and academies to fulfil their mission. 

All schools have governing bodies made up of different categories of governors. In our school our governing body is made up of foundation governors, appointed by the Bishop and parent governors.

The role of the Governing Body

The main role of the governing body is to operate at a strategic level, leaving the head teacher and senior leaders responsible and accountable to the governing body for the operational day-to-day running of the school. As such, the three core functions of the governing body are:

  • The Catholic Life of the school
  • Standards
  • Pastoral care and welfare of the pupils (including safeguarding)

Foundation Governors

Foundation governors are specifically appointed by the Bishop or Religious Order to ensure the preservation and development of the school's Catholic character, to ensure that the school is being conducted as a Catholic School, and to represent the Bishop's (and the Religious Order's) education policy to the governing body. However, all categories of governor in a Catholic School are required to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the school in addition to their other legal duties. Foundation governors always outnumber all other governors by at least two so as to ensure a majority vote where matters of particular Catholic importance arise.