The structure and remit of the Governing Body
The school is founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The school is to be conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with the Latin Rite Canon Law and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and in particular:
- religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline, general and particular norms of the Catholic Church:
- religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church;
- At all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic Faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
- The school operates under the provisions of the Trust Deed of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
The governing body shall consist of:-
8 Foundation governors
2 Parent governors
1 LA governor
1 Staff governor
1 co-opted governor
1 head Teacher governor (unless the Head Teacher resigns the office of governor)
The total number of co-opted governors who are also eligible to be elected as staff governors under Schedule 2 of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012, when counted with the staff governor and the head teacher, must not exceed one third of the total membership of the governing body.
Total number of governors 14
Foundation governors are appointed by the Archbishop of Birmingham (or any other person exercising Ordinary jurisdiction on his behalf) through the Director of Education of the Diocesan Education Service.
The Archbishop of Birmingham or any other person exercising Ordinary jurisdiction on his behalf (through the Director of Education of the Diocesan Education Service), may remove foundation governors at any time during their period of office.
The primary purpose of the Governing Body is, in the role of ‘critical friend’ to the school, to support the Headteacher in determining strategy and direction of the school, the proper implementation of statutory requirements and the monitoring and evaluation of the school development plan, including through active participation in the School Improvement Programme (SIP).
To facilitate this the Governing Body will:
- determine and implement the necessary and appropriate committee structure
- approve the format of Committees
- appoint a Chair for each.
- There are four committees, Pastoral life, Educational Life, Finance, Personnel & Premises, & Admissions
The Pastoral Life committee has the following delegated responsibilities - to ensure the school is fulfilling its responsibilities to uphold the values of the Catholic faith in all aspects of school life; to ensure the school is fulfilling its responsibilities regarding Child Protection and current requirements on safeguarding: To ensure policies are in place to improve behaviour ensuring all pupils feel safe in the school community: To ensure that the school has good mechanisms in place to support good attendance. To ensure that the school promotes equal opportunity and tackles discrimination.
The Educational Life Committee has the following delegated responsibilities - to take a strategic role in ensuring that the school provides high quality Teaching & Learning which leads to the highest possible level of progress for all pupils. To ensure that strategies are in place to raise achievement for all pupils.
The Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee has the following delegated responsibilities - to prepare and for approval the Annual Budget. It will establish formal procedures and timetables for planning the budget and will require the Headteacher to produce estimates of expenditure and income sufficiently in advance of each financial year, even if the details of the school’s funding have not been finalised, so it can determine priorities in accordance with the School Development Plan. It will ensure the school has an effective and high quality of staff. It will advise the Governing Body on priorities, including Health and Safety for the maintenance and development of the school buildings.
The Admissions Committee has the following delegated responsibilities to ensure the mission statement of the school is at the core of their work, to determine, within statutory provisions and the governing body’s policy whether any child should be admitted to the school, to review admissions arrangements and making recommendations for changes to the governing body.
The Co-Chairs of Governors are Dr Penny Manford and Mrs Anne Ayling.
The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Claire Jukes