St Laurence Primary is a voluntary aided Catholic school and the majority of its Governors are appointed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia. These are `Foundation Governors' who also have a specific responsibility to protect and enhance the continuing Catholic character of the school. At least 3 Foundation Governors must be parents at the time of their appointment.
The governing body has 3 main functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The Full Governing Body meets 6 times a year. The Headteacher's role is to manage the school on a day to day basis. The Governors work closely with the Headteacher. We support and oversee her management by setting policy and monitoring its implementation.
Governors are appointed or elected for a 4 year term of office (though some choose to serve more than one term). We are always looking out for new governors. The majority of our governing body are Foundation Governors (Catholics, appointed by the Bishop). We are committed to our governing body being a group which reflects the diversity of our school and parish community. We expect non-Catholic governors to be committed to supporting the school’s Catholic Ethos.
If you think you might be interested in volunteering to become a governor, please contact our clerk via the e-mail address below. What we ask from governors is:
- Time and interest in the school: typically governors spend between 5 and 10 hours per month on governor duties. Most governors visit the school during the day at least once a year,
- Attendance at 2 Full Governing Body meetings per term,
- Joining a committee of governors which meets once or twice a term (either during the school day or immediately after school) to look in more detail at a particular area of the school’s performance (eg children’s learning & progress or premises management)
- Undergoing training provided by the Cambridgeshire School Governance Team,
- Commitment to supporting the school to maintain its Catholic Ethos, academic standards and financial viability. We do this in a number of ways. Some people bring professional expertise (eg financial, legal, human resources). Some make planned visits during the school day to see the school in action and report back to the governing body. We all read reports from the headteacher, Ofsted, parent & pupil surveys and ask questions of the senior leadership team about what is going well, what the school’s challenges are and what the school is doing to improve.
Mary Jane O'Sullivan - Chair of Governor
Claire Southgate- Vice Chair
|Head teacher||Clare Clark|
|Staff Governor (non-teacher)||Phyllis Maynard|
|L.A. Governor||Sonali Kumarakulasinghe|
Veronica Harvey Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Lizzy Bennett Deputy Head (Teaching and Learning)
|Co-opted Governor||Shauna De Wolf|
For most issues, we expect that you would wish to talk to your child’s class teacher or the Headteacher. If you wish to bring anything to the attention of the governors, please write a letter addressed to Chair of Governors, Mary Jane O'Sullivan, and either hand it in at the school office or e-mail it to Clerk@stlaurence.cambs.sch.uk Letters to the Chair of Governors are usually acknowledged within one week during term time.