St Laurence Primary is an Academy, part of Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Multi Academy Trust. The majority of our 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.
The Local Governing Body reports to the Trust Board of Directors and 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 Local 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 local 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 the school office in order to arrange to speak to our Chair of Governors and find out more. 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 Local Governing Body meetings per term,
- Joining a committee of governors which meets once 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Letters to the Chair of Governors are usually acknowledged within one week during term time.
Each governor serves one or more committees. Associate Members of our Governing Body have voting rights on committees but not on the Local Governing Body.
For the 2019-20 year, we have two committees:
- Standards: Chair- Claire Southgate
- Resources: Chair - Charlotte Woodford
Current Governors (updated January 2020)
A pecuniary interest is where a Governor or member of staff has a financial interest in a third party business that the school uses or may use in the future which could conflict with the policies, procedures or ethos of the school.
Pecuniary interests are declared annually in the Autumn Term, and at any point during the year if changes occur. Pecuniary interests of current governors and previous governors who have served in the last 12 months are listed below along with meeting attendance for the 2018-19 academic year: