The work of the Governing Body
All schools have a governing body comprising of different types of governors, for example parent-governors, staff governors etc. In addition to these categories, governing bodies in Catholic schools also include Foundation Governors, these Foundation Governors will always form a majority.
The main role of a governing body is to operate at a strategic level, ensuring that the Catholic vision and character of the school is upheld, holding the Head teacher and leadership team to account and overseeing the financial performance of the school.
Governors also set the budget, manage the school’s admissions criteria and are involved in the recruitment of senior leadership.
The Governing Body is central to the realisation of our mission; through its responsibility in determining and overseeing the strategic vision for our school.
Working in partnership with the Headteacher, the Governing Body strives for continuous improvement in the school's provision set within our Catholic faith.
All Governors are guided by Canon Law in their efforts and to operate according to the following principles (Nolan principles)
The Governing Body fulfils its responsibilities through the functions of:
- Full Governing Body meetings Termly and when required.
- Governing Body Sub-Committees -Termly
- Working Parties - when needed
- Links with subject leaders in key areas
- Governor visits to the school
Governing Body Sub-Committees
The Curriculum Committee is responsible to the Governing Body for the school’s provision that directly furthers pupils’ personal development and learning. All other governor committees will, to a greater or lesser extent, also influence these areas of pupil progression. As such the Curriculum committee will liaise with other committees to ensure the very best outcomes for our pupils.
Committee Chair: Mrs Minka Bonnage
Finance, and Resources Committee
The Finance and Resources committee is responsible to the Governing Body for:
- the requirements associated with the employment of staff;
- all financial matters relating to the operation of the school;
- maintain and furthering the premises and physical resources of St Cecilia's.
Committee Chair: Mr John Austin
The Admissions Committee is responsible for the arrangement determining pupils’ entry to Nursery, Reception and in-year applications. The committee operates within the admissions requirements for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark.
Committee Chair: Mr Brendan Ruddle
The Chair of Governors meets the Head Teacher on a regular basis and the Chairs of Committees keep in regular contact about their specific areas.
The document below contains information about our Governing Body, their roles, their participation and their business interests.