As a governor, you share in the strategic responsibility of promoting high educational standards and ensuring that your school is conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle’s Memorandum of Understanding, the school’s Instrument of Government and other legislation. All Catholic schools are under the authority of the Bishop.
The school’s Instrument of Government defines the school category and identifies the types of governors that must be represented in governing body meetings. As a voluntary aided school under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, it is the responsibility of the Bishop to appoint an overall majority of the governors who are known as foundation governors.
Foundation governors have a duty to protect the Bishop’s interests and play a leading role in the Catholic community: they collaborate with the Bishop in his ministry in education. It is therefore important for them to:-
Know and implement the bishop’s policies on education including religious education
Understand and promote the distinctive nature of Catholic education
Act for the good of Catholic education as a whole within the diocese
Secure the long term future of Catholic education
The governors of a Catholic school work as a team, in close co-operation with the headteacher and all staff, in fulfilling these duties.
As well as Foundation governors there are governors who represent the teaching staff; non-teaching staff; Parents and the Local Authority. The headteacher is a member of the governing body as is the Parish priest who is a Foundation governor.
Governors meet termly for full governing body meetings and for committee meetings. All governors are encouraged to visit the school taking on a subject area responsibility. Times and dates of all meetings and the minutes from the meetings are available for inspection in the school.
If you are interested taking up the challenging but rewarding role of governor in the school please contact the headteacher in the first instance to register your interest.