The Role of the Governor
Governors can best be likened to the non-executive directors of a public company. Their main responsibilities include determining the aims, values and overall conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Specific duties include setting staffing levels, appointing the Headteacher and senior staff, setting and agreeing the school budget, ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered, as well as health and safety and the management of the premises. The Governors work as a team with the Headteacher to raise the standards of achievement for all pupils at the school; they act as a critical friend by monitoring and challenging.
Composition of the Governing Body
Our Lady's Catholic Primary School has 12 governors and 1 associate governors:
7 Foundation Governors
These are appointed by the Bishop of Northampton to represent community interests and are committed to the good governance and success of the school.
Mr Chris Elson - Chair
Mr Kevin Franklin
Mrs Zosia Rich
Mrs Susan O'Reilly
Mr Jaume Vilar - Vice Chair
2 Staff Governors
Staff Governors are elected by the school staff and must be paid to work at the school; volunteers are ineligible. At least one Staff Governor must be a teacher. The Headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office, unless they choose not to be, and is counted as a Staff Governor.
Mr Mark Holdsworth (Headteacher)
Mrs Clare Cid-Fuentes
1 Local Authority Governor
These are appointed by Buckinghamshire County Council and are people who, in the LA's opinion, would assist in the successful running of the school. They can be LA employees, councillors or members of the public.
Mr David Curtis
2 Parent Governors
All parents, including carers, of registered pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election for parent governorship, when a vacancy arises all parents are notified by letter.
Mrs Teresa Pawlik
1 Associate Members
Associate members are appointed by the governing body as members of committees, who the governing body feel could contribute to its work.
Mr David Barber
Responsible for the minutes and for ensuring the work is organised and lawful.
Mrs Angie Marchant
The full governing body meets at least once a term. At the first Autumn term meeting the governors elect a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson to serve for a term of one year. As well as this, the governing body has several committees including finance, curriculum, personnel and health and safety. Each governor sits on one or more committees.
The governing body has a statutory duty to publish information about the governors who have served the school in the last 12 months. This information can be found in the following documents:
If you would like to contact any of the Governors you can leave a letter with the school office, or email firstname.lastname@example.org